Although stress happens year-round, there is something about that end-of-the-school-year rush that really pushes the stress level almost to the breaking point. Extra events such as sports, children graduating, friends getting married, new babies, wrapping up school, gardening, and spring cleaning make the spring exhausting and extra stressful.
Luckily, we preppers at Mom Prepares know how to deal with stress and make it melt away. If you are feeling the stress this spring, try these natural ways to prepare for and fight these stressful periods.
How to Prepare for Stress in Advance
A study conducted by researchers at North Carolina State University in 2014 conducted a pilot study on how anticipating stress can affect the outcome of that stress and how the study participants handled stress. The researchers found that certain coping mechanisms, such as plan rehearsal (figuring out how to react to the stress in advance) and problem analysis (figuring out what is causing the stress and what it means for the future), had beneficial effects, while other coping mechanisms, such as wishing the problem would go away, had detrimental effects. The study authors determined that, “…yesterday’s anticipatory coping for potential upcoming arguments is related to today’s physical health and affect.”
Therefore, how you deal with upcoming stress is important. Sometimes just acknowledging that stress will be there and that things won’t all go according to plan is a huge help in relieving stress when it occurs. For example, I know that at least three times a day my toddler is going to try and destroy something (or herself) in some way, so I just accept it and move on.
How to Deal with Existing Stress
Sometimes stress just sneaks up on you and you have to roll with it. These stress-relieving options will help you become more zen-like in no time.
Set a Relaxing Atmosphere
A relaxing atmosphere is HUGE for my stress management. I get stressed easily by clutter, noise, and movement. I have difficulty concentrating with people moving around like jumping beans (which is why a lot of my work happens when the kiddos are asleep).
However, I can reduce my stress level by creating a relaxing atmosphere. For me, this includes making sure the house is as clean as I can make it, putting on soothing music, and maybe even popping a stress-relieving oil into a diffuser. We also have periods of quiet time, in which children are not allowed to act crazy. Your relaxing atmosphere may not look exactly like mine, but it is equally important to control your stress level.
Actively Relieve Stress
Stress is actually unhealthy for you and can cause problems like high blood pressure, weight gain, and even heart problems. So, working to relieve stress in addition to planning for stress is important. Try the following stress relievers daily:
- Quiet time
- Deep breathing
- Warm baths
- Hot tea
- Regular, healthy meals
- Focused positive thinking
- Eat a dessert or other “happy” food
Access to technology can also be a huge source of stress, so try to have at least a couple of hours a night where you unplug completely from work tasks (difficult for work-at-homers, but definitely important!).
Prepare for Stress and Feel Better
As preppers, we prepare for a lot of things in advance, but sometimes we forget to care for ourselves. Everyone has stress in their life, but if you live in a constant state of stress, it can lead to serious health problems.
So, next time you have a stressful event coming up, acknowledge it and create a plan for dealing with the stress. Even if you don’t have a stressful event coming up, relieving daily stress using the above methods can benefit your health in a multitude of ways.
How do you prepare for stress and deal with the stresses of everyday life?