Strategies to improve your family’s wellbeing:
Teaching children how to manage stress is key to their emotional and physical well being. Here are some practical strategies that you can use to improve the quality of your children and the over all wellbeing of your family.
- Assure your children that no one is perfect.
- Share your own shortcomings with your children. (Upto a certain point that seems appropriate.)
- Refrain from comparing with other children. No family is the same.
- Encourage them to measure their personal growth organically and not exponentially.
- Refrain from discussing about possible negative outcomes.
- Teach them the importance of preparation and hardwork that deliver success.
- Refrain from ruminating over stressful things from the past.
- Rather than focus on outcomes, encourage children to think more long term.
- Instead of complaining about their behavior, instill positive changes.
Strategies to mitigate stress: Self Care:
Top three self care tips for mitigating stress are: Eat well, rest well and exercise. What matters is how you eat in the company of your family as one unit is more important than what you eat, unless you’re all gorging on chips for dinner. (Family is whoever lives with you in your house.)
- Meditate. Meditate. OMG, meditate.
- Get 8 hours of sleep. It’s non negotiable.
- Find quiet pockets of time on a daily basis.
- Exercise, yoga, breath intentionally.
- Ask for help.
- Find a purpose, meaning and motivation.
- Pursue deep meaningful relationships.
- Find a hobby you enjoy.
- Don’t isolate yourself.
- Read books on personal growth and heros.
- Drop those sky high standards.
- Find small joys.
- No higher vision of possibilities because of constant daily demands.
- Empower them to develop emotional agility. Emotional agility reflects the influence of the executive function and regulation of one’s emotions, thoughts, actions while problem solving.
Strategies to mitigate stress: Mindfulness:
- Practice being mindful about your actions and emotions. That can be achieved by incorporating pockets of silence around the day.
- Practice delayed gratification: The best predictor of success in school than IQ. Why are you reaching out for that comfort food or that remote. Is it boredom in the task at hand or is it hardship. Ask yourself.
- Listen to music: Sit down for some down time and listen to music that calms and soothes the soul.
Strategies to mitigate stress: Momentum:
Encourage your child with a few kind words of positive momentum.
- You’ve got to do something today.
- You’ve got to be somewhere today.
- You’ve got to do things you enjoy.
- And, you’ve got to do things you DON’T enjoy.
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