Unfortunately, women can be the chronic worriers of the family. After all, we tend to have our hands in many areas of life, including work, kids, partners, household chores, health, nutrition, and the future. Studies show that the majority of women take in tasks like organizing, scheduling, logistics, and nurturing as well. It’s easy to see why we can get stressed by having so much on our plates at once. It’s important to find ways to reduce worry and feel more relaxed in our choices and actions.
Additionally, it’s important that we take care of ourselves in the midst of it all. After all, getting run down or sick isn’t going to help the load of stress and worry. Truly, reducing worry is about creating a balanced life that reflects your good intentions without over-burdening yourself. Here are just a few ways to bring about a safer, worry-free life.
When you live with other people, it’s important to divide responsibilities evenly so no one person is burdened. And, yes, this includes the children. They can help out by doing small jobs even from a very young age. Get your partner involved in household chores and planning as well, if he/she isn’t already. Keeping a schedule of jobs and tasks will help you to relax a little where running the home is concerned.
If you have elderly parents or grandparents living with you, ask them if there is anything they can do to help out. Perhaps, they can make their own doctor appts, plan some meals, and care for their assistive listening devices. Remember, if you need additional help from outside services, arrange that as soon as you can. This can be a huge relief for you and your family if you’ve been under too much pressure.
Establish a Doable Routine
Many people thrive on and have a solid routine that they follow on a weekly basis, this can help many people stay calm and grounded because everybody knows what is happening and when. It can become mundane. But if you mix things up a little bit occasionally, and allow yourself a little flexibility here and there, routine can and does on numerous occasions help reduce the worry and stress that women face. Getting a whiteboard for the kitchen, to write down what is due, what you need to do, and the family activities on a weekly basis will ensure that you are all on track.
Take Time to Relax
Finding (or making) time to relax is one thing that many women, especially mothers, find challenging. Understand, though, that feeling stressed and worrying about every little thing is what is keeping you in a cycle of negativity. It’s essential to have some downtime and relaxation regularly, otherwise, those consequences will come fast and hit hard.
I recommend finding a hobby that helps you to relax and not think about everything else in your life. You can also find a few minutes a day to meditate, pray, or simply stop and breathe consciously. And, what about going out with friends or your partner for a nice dinner and drinks to simply celebrate life and the relationships? Make these things a priority and put them on the calendar!