How do you handle everyday stress?

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Tracey - posted on 11/26/2009

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Hi Faith,



No pun intended but your name pretty much says it all. Have faith. Also, it always helps to have a good friend, you can trust, to talk to. And when your plate's too full you have to figure out what you can afford to clean off and get it out of the way. You always have to remember, you are only one person. Try to keep your priorities straight and don't get bogged down with the petty stuff. There are always going to be times when it feels like everything is coming at you all at once. During those times, take a step back and take a deep breath, analyse everything and do your best to accomplish one thing at a time. I know all of this is easier said than done; but trust me, if you apply some of these things I think it will help you feel more in control and less stressed.



Good luck and take care,



Sincerely,

Tracey Alderson, Administrator, Epilepsy Awareness 2009

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Jennifer - posted on 02/03/2010

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Just pick your battles. You are stronger then you think you are. When you start to feel overwhelmed put the kids somewhere safe and go somewhere quiet. I go in the bathroom and turn on the water. Water is a soothing sound and I just give myself a few minutes. Talk to your partner and be honest or seek outside help. My girlfriend would come over on her afternoon off once a week so I could take a nap or a bath. Make yourself an attainable to do list... I will get dressed today, I will do 1 load of laundry, I will play with my child, we will go for a walk, I will sing to my child, I will watch (insert guilty pleasure program here) while baby is sleeping. Make sure you take time for you. Your to do list should be no more than 5 items long. If you are worried about the mess, my one friend said she left the vacuum out all the time and if anyone stopped by she would say " I was just about to vacuum" and it would make her feel better. I say I live in organized chaos. My house is not dirty just cluttered. I organize my clutter, toys stay in the toyroom, clean clothes are in baskets in the proper persons room, etc. Everyday stresses are hard though as long as you are taking your meds and have some sort of support you just need to take it day by day. find a mommy and me group or a support group of moms with the same health issue, or look into free counseling or support from your local public health unit. They usually have programs they can get you enrolled in.

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