What is Stress Management? How to Prevent and Cope with Stress

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If it often hard to avoid the everyday stresses of life. In fact, being a mother can often add more unwanted stress and make dealing with your everyday tasks even more difficult. That is why proper stress management can play a big role in getting your health and your household back in your control. However, finding out what is the most effective stress management for you and your situation is just as important.

what is stress management

Since stress is something we all have to deal with and can often be good for us, proper stress management starts with prevention. We must learn how to identify the things in our lives that cause us unneeded stress and learn to either avoid them or add things in our lives to help us cope.

So let’s get into the things that cause us to stress first.

Identify the current stressors in your life

One of the first steps to managing your stress is identifying some of the things in your life that may be currently causing you unneeded stress. Don’t limit this list to everyday tasks such as your job or caring for others.

Other stresses such as emotions, thoughts, and keeping up with time management are also stressors. Try to dig deep and think of everything that could be stress both emotionally, psychologically, spiritually, and physically.

Tip: Start a stress journal so you can keep a daily log of the things that keep you stressed. Identify, what caused you to stress, how you felt emotionally and physically, how you reacted, and what you did to feel better.

Make note of your current coping methods

The second way you will be able to effectively manage your stress is by choosing the best coping methods. However, in order to do this, you should first look at your current coping methods to see if you are using methods that may be unhealthy or unproductive to your progress.

Unhealthy ways 

Believe it or not but many of us may be using coping methods that can actually make the problem worse. These unhealthy coping methods can temporarily help with stress but hurt you in the long run:

  • Overeating/undereating
  • Isolation
  • Sleeping too much
  • Smoking
  • Drinking excessively
  • Stress eating
  • Taking pills
  • Procrastinating
  • Taking problems out on others(lashing out)
  • Compulsive spending
  • Caffeine consumption

Healthy ways

It is not healthy to use addiction as a way to cope with stress. So if your ways of dealing with stress are not contributing to the overall betterment of your emotional or physical well-being then it is definitely time to find some better coping skills.

However, the ways we cope with stress are unique to our own individual personality so what works for me may not work for you. Also, what works in one situation may not work in another.

Instead, it is best for you to try and focus on what makes you feel like you have the most power over your situation and relaxes you the most.

There are four healthy ways that are recommended for dealing with stress:

One you should first try to avoid whatever may be causing you stress.

Second, you must try to change the stressful situation.

Third, you must try to adjust to stressful situations.

and Lastly, you must try to accept the situation.

Stress Management Strategies

what is stress management

Since stress isn’t something every parent can really avoid and it isn’t something you can always change, acceptance may be your best choice. However, there is a lot of unneeded stress in your lives that you can and must eliminate.

So here is a list of some stress management strategies that may help you as a parent.

1.Know your limits. Learn not to take on too much because overdoing it is one of the top reasons that cause most of us parents to become overstressed.

2. Learn to take breaks. Everyone needs a little time to themselves but often times mommies don’t take the time they need out of guilt or just lack of time. However, taking even a 10 or 15-minute break to relax, meditate, pray, or even read, can be a useful way to relieve stress.

Remember, you are doing this as a needed recovery from stress and it isn’t something you should feel guilty about.

3. Avoid stressful people. Everyone has dealt with a stressful person in one aspect of their life or another but when that relationship becomes toxic to your well-being you may want to consider how you cope with it. 

4. Take time to laugh. I love making people laugh. The main reason is that laughter has a way of making you forget about your problems.

Studies have even shown that laughing releases endorphin and it helps relieve tension in our faces. So put on some Netflix and have a good laugh with your family.

5. Exercise together. Exercise has been a proven way to effectively reduce stress. So why not use it as a way to also get in some healthy family time with the kids.

My daughter and I love to get in front of the television and do Just Dance together on the PS4. We get the benefit of exercise and we spend time doing something we love.

6. Find a support group.
There is nothing more comforting than the support of someone who is able to understand what you are going through. By finding a support group of others in your similar situation, whether friends, family, or strangers, you will be able to share your feelings, get things off your chest, and get their constructive criticism and feedback.

Conclusion

As a mother, I understand all too well how stress can affect my entire family. When I am stressed, I am not in the right state of mind to care for my children.

So when your mother tells you to take care of yourself so you can be good health to care for your family, that includes your mental health. Besides who better to teach them how to properly deal with stress than the one they most look up to.

So take time for yourself and make sure you are in your best mental health. Get that stress in check so that you can have a stress-free life and home.

What is your favorite stress management strategy? I would love to hear your tips below!

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16 thoughts on “What is Stress Management? How to Prevent and Cope with Stress”

  1. Hi Melissa. Really helpful post. I will be definitely sharing your article with my wife. We both need to use some of the strategies your are suggesting. My favorite ones are 1) Learn to take breaks and 2) Exercise together.
    Keep up the very good suggestions. Would be looking forward to read them.
    All the best.
    Ioannis

    1. I am so glad you found the article useful. Due to the fact we are quarantined, I am spending a lot more time practicing a lot of these stress-reducing tips. I too love the exercising together tip and I think it is a great way to keep each other motivated. Stay safe and healthy.
      All the best,
      Melissa

  2. Hey,

    This is a very important topic right now due to the world pandemic, a lot of us are becoming even more stressed than usual (including me). That’s why this article is so important and very appropriate.

    I have passed this article on to some friends and family as I think they and a lot of people from around the world will benefit.

    Thank you for sharing such an insightful and informative article. Keep up the amazing work on your site.

    All the best and stay safe,

    Tom

    1. Hi Tom,
      I agree we are facing a very difficult and stressful time but with the help of each other, we will pull through. Thanks for your comment and for sharing the post. I am glad you found it useful.

      All the best and stay safe,
      Melissa

  3. What is stress management and how to cope is a very helpful guide for us all, and I like how you point out our bad coping skills and compare them to good coping skills. Anxiety and stress is a major contributor today to many of our health problems, so your post is an important guide for us all to live healthier lives

    Jeff

    1. Hi Jeff,
      I am glad you enjoyed the post! It is true stress is contributor to a lot of health problems. I have IBS and so I have to be careful not to stress. Thanks for commenting!

  4. Thanks for the great tips Melissa. You are so right that taking breaks, eating right and exercising together are great ways to reduce stress. we raised 5 children and you are right in can feel like you are being pulled in a thousand different directions at once. One thing that really helped us was to pick our battles. Some things are best just accepted and sometimes keeping the peace within the family unit is more important at the moment. Being isolated because of COVID-19 definitely adds to the stress level for everyone not just the parents. Remember the kids are stressed too as their world has also been turned upside down. You sound like you have a pretty good handle on this. Best wishes and stay safe.

    1. Hi Deb,

      I agree, picking your battles is great advice. I had four little ones in the home at once and I read in a parenting book once that children in large homes that have parents who teach them to properly handle their own disputes are better at handling conflicts. So I always kept that in mind and tried to teach my kids how to handle their own disputes properly. Yes, I agree quarantine has been so stressful for our children. Thanks for sharing your thought. I wish you and yours all the best, stay safe!

  5. Hi Melissa,
    Thanks for a nicely comprehensive article on stress in our lives. You asked to share experiences of how we manage stress. For more than 45 years now I have a meditation technique that I practice twice every day. It is actually quite long – nearly 1 hour in the morning and around 50 minutes in the evening. Since this has been a core aspect of my life for so long I don’t have much reference to what life would be like without it. It is certainly my experience and there are volumes of medical research to confirm this, that the technique is very effective in reducing the physiological and emotional impacts of stress. However, that doesn’t mean I am completely immune to all manner of stresses. The current very difficult circumstances many of us are living through highlight and serve as a reminder. I think it is possible that people – like me – who have stress management techniques such as meditation or other yoga or related practices integrated in our lives – that we need to remember we can still just as easily overload ourselves. It remains equally important to eat healthily, exercise, take time to laugh, take breaks in nature and all the other recommendations you so rightly make. Thanks for a great piece.
    Stay safe and well
    Andy

    1. Hi Andy,
      I agree, even though these practices are very effective at reducing stress we are still not immune to all the manners of stress. All we can do is prepare ourselves to be better equipped to deal with stress with yoga and meditation can help you achieve. Thanks for sharing and stay safe!

  6. Can I just say, YES! This is such an important thing. I am also a mother and it can be so easy to sacrifice your own emotional well-being for your family. Stress is something we can’t entirely avoid in life, but you have shared some great ways to help tone it down and get rid of it.

    One thing you mentioned that I have learned (and continue to learn!) is to say no. Too often we take on more than we can handle and it’s just not worth it. We really don’t have to do everything for everyone all the time!

    I think it is especially difficult for families right now, being stuck at home in quarantine. For us, getting outside in the sunshine and going on walks has been amazing. Finding moments to laugh keep me going!
    Thank you for sharing !

    1. Hi Heidi,
      That is so true! It took me a long time before it really sunk in how important my own health was. I didn’t realize at first how neglecting my own health was actually effecting my ability to be a mom. So I take care of myself so I can take care of my family. I am passive so saying no was the hardest thing for me but that also affected my ability to parent. But with time I learned and am still learning to improve that.

      Getting outside is very important but we must practice social distancing for the safety of all our families. Taking time out to laugh is a great stress reliever and now that we have plenty of time to share together it is a perfect time to take advantage of it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  7. What a nice post you wrote Melissa! I really enjoyed reading it and could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post. Actually I was looking for information about the stress management and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in details and it was exactly what I wanted to know.
    I’m happy that you’ve decided to write about this topic and share it with others. It’s very useful post in my opinion and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested to know about this topic.

    I will definitely come back to your site again to read more posts. Keep up quality articles! 🙂

    Best,
    Ali

    1. Hi Ali,

      I am glad you enjoyed the post. Sadly stress isn’t something we can avoid but it is something we can all relate to and learn from eachothers experiences. Thank you for the comment!

  8. This is an amazing website. I love the niche you chose.
    A person does not need to have children to use your coping mechanisms. They are universal, in my opinion.

    Your writing style is easy to read and pleasant. I love your topics. You have this down to a science.

    Good work.
    Chef Sandiann

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