If you are burdened and almost burning out because of pressure from your family, you are reading the right article. We’ve compiled a list of healthy ways to handle pressure at home.
Being pressured is not a subject to take lightly, and most times, it is the people closest to us that burden us the most.
The term “home, sweet home” can become something that cannot be related to when our safe haven becomes compromised by unwanted pressures.
Homegrown pressures can be traced to multiple sources – an unhappy partner, financial burdens, academic and professional push, even little things like washing dishes could cause stress or be the catalyst to every stack falling.
Pressure can be linked to psychological and physical disorders, and this gets worse when the pressure is coming from the very people who should be more supportive.
A teen might end up despising a parent who wouldn’t let them pursue their dreams and instead chose a different study path for them, and ultimately creating a different career path for them.
A husband might feel pressured by a wife that feels he should be earning more, and a wife could resent a husband who couldn’t hold a job down.
Demand pressures may cause a mother to feel overwhelmed. This can even be made worse if she has more than two kids or a toddler and still has to balance her home life with work.
Recognizing that you are pressured is the first step to relieving and managing stress.
Light-headedness, headaches, irritability, anger, depression, alcohol and drug abuse, low libido, nightmares, trouble sleeping or sleeping too much, stomachaches, lack of concentration, and nausea are all signs of your pressure reaching a tipping point.
Simple Ways To Handle Pressures at Home:
1. Speak Up
If you feel mistreated or pressured by any member of your household, you should speak up diplomatically.
Tell them how their actions are bothering you because this person or people might not even know that their requirements, actions, or words are impacting you negatively. This will also lessen your stress level.
2. Trim Your Schedule
Sometimes, juggling lots of things at the same time can trigger your stress level, thereby making you feel more pressured even by the littlest thing.
The best thing is to limit the number of responsibilities and projects you take up. Learn to prioritize and say no when you have to.
Everyone feels overwhelmed once in a while, but how we cope is usually the deciding factor. Aside from discussing your feelings with the appropriate parties, another way you can help yourself is to find an activity or activities that will allow you to relax and unwind.
You can weave activities like meditation, gardening, music, or yoga into your daily life.
4. Stop Avoiding The Issues
Taking action to tackle what’s pressuring you is the first step to handling your pressure. Avoiding and hoping it will go away will only make things worse.
When you take control and decide how to tackle your issues, you will feel more in control of the situation without feeling overwhelmed.
5. Accept Situations You Can’t Change
If you tried taking charge of the situation but realized it is beyond your power, it may be time to face the reality that the problem might not be going anywhere.
In this situation, the best thing you can do is to avoid letting them take control of your mind and life because wallowing in misery still won’t solve the pesky problem. What you should do is to be cheerful and hope it passes.
6. Organize Your Space
This might seem irrelevant, but you’ll be surprised by the power of organizing things in your house, car, room, or workplace.
Having a modicum of control in the smallest way reduces pressure.
You may wonder how, but things like searching for keys, sunglasses, and cell phones have been known to get people in bad moods or set a course for the whole day, especially when your pressurized feelings were only waiting for a trigger.
To avoid feeling frazzled for the rest of the day, you have to change how or where you place your things.
7. Develop A Sleep Pattern.
Sleep is quite important, and having a patterned sleep routine every night will help your body rest well and feel normal.
Not getting enough rest can affect your health negatively if you let pressure impact your normalcy.
Limit your nap time so as to get enough sleep at night. And you should also avoid any sort of stimulant for consecutive nights in order to have a good pattern.
It is also vital that adults from age 26 to 64 get about 8 hours of sleep a night.
8. Eat Right.
Eating a balanced diet will keep your body healthy and able to handle pressure better.
Eat large portions of whole-grain foods, veggies, fruits, and Omega-3 fatty acids like salmon and nuts. If you find yourself craving sweets, dark chocolate is a good option.
9. Incorporate water therapy.
Water can be really useful in different ways to help you decompress every time you feel pressured.
Here’s how: Steam a wet and clean towel in the microwave for a couple of minutes; be careful not to burn yourself. Place the towel at the back of your neck, and run it over your face after a while.
Your body instinctively relaxes due to the warmth. You can also try a steamy shower or a dive in the pool.
Now that you know about some small things you can do to ease any type of unnecessary pressure in the home, it is time to take a closer look at some of the major things that might be causing you stress and how to tackle them heads on!
1. Financial pressures
Money is a huge factor that plays a very big role in our everyday lives, and lots of families face financial pressures in their homes; these could be debts, insufficient finance, or bills.
All these things can make a person fall into depression, but there are ways to avoid letting it get so far.
Creating a budget will be the most helpful thing to do. Also, it would be best if you make a commitment to spend less and shop smarter.
If you’ve tried these things and you still feel pressured with no way forward, you can reach out to a professional for advice and plans.
2. General health and wellness.
Knowing what help is available and who to get it from is usually confusing and tiring.
What you should do is make a list of everything you need to discuss with your doctor before an appointment, including any questions or concerns you may have about your health.
They will be in the best position to advise you on your next course of action. And they will also advise you on ways to cut costs.
3. Pressure from work and school
There are a huge number of people who suffer from work or educational pressure, which includes loss of job, job security worries, future prospects, work-life balance, peer pressure, bad grades, or parental pressure.
Brave yourself and talk about your worries with your employers, a counselor, your parents, and even yourself.
Look yourself in the mirror, and give yourself a pep talk for encouragement. This exercise will also lift your mood beyond your belief. Communication is key!
4. When a loved one dies
The death of a loved one can be really challenging and heartbreaking. Grief is relative to different individuals, and lots of people find it difficult to process or work through.
And because we feel people will not understand, we keep our feelings bottled up or take it out on others.
The first step to healing from the hurt is to know that you can’t dust it off. You might not be able to move on from them quickly.
You’ll have to go through each first holiday, birthday, and other events you’d normally share with them without them.
The second is to reach out to people close to you for solace; try not to be alone during the first events.
You can even choose to go out and socialize on that day. What’s important is not to be alone.
5. Moving (Relocating)
Relocation is another source of pressure. The need to fit into your new environment while rearranging your routine and making new friends can be really difficult to deal with.
If you relocate to a new country, it can be even more overwhelming because you have to immerse yourself in a new culture and weather.
What to do in this situation is to be very open-minded and see every new experience as a learning opportunity.
Stress cannot be avoided in life, but don’t allow the feelings to weigh you down. Look for ways to improve your situation – talk to a therapist or a friend to help you relieve the burden and help keep the “sweet” in “home sweet home.
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