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Life can be stressful, challenging, and overwhelming. There is so much to do or at least it can seem that way. In the chaos of life, we can feel unsettled, uncomfortable, anxious, and discontent. To overcome these possibilities, it can be helpful to pause and reflect on positive messages. Give yourself a moment to just breathe, relax your body and your mind, and focus your attention on a brief but meaningful message, whatever that happens to be for you. Read some of the following quotes to feel a sense of encouragement and hope.
Stress Less; Stress is Poison
Many people, including myself, experience life to be overwhelming at times. It seems like life is so busy, so full of things to do. Do you feel like you constantly run from one thing to the next? Even if your life allows you some down time, you might still feel a sense of being unsettled or possibly even guilty about that free time.
Society seems to have an expectation that pressures us to have to be busy, to have to over-exert our energies onto more and more activities. In addition to the amount of work we feel we are expected to get done in any given amount of time, there are people to take care of and other people’s needs and wants we have to consider (kids, significant others, bosses, our relationships).
Raising kids can be tough. Parenting is a difficult job. It requires lots of selflessness, energy, time, and of course expressing lots of love. At the same time, parenting is a job like nothing else. Parenting is an experience that is, despite its demands, something parents (at least most parents) wouldn’t trade for anything.
In today’s world, there are lots of things kids need to learn. There are lots of things our kids are going through that both negatively and positively impact who they are, how they feel about themselves, how they feel about the world, and how they relate to others. As a parent, we are there to guide, support, teach, love, understand, and model many different values, lessons, and behaviors.
Without hope, life can feel so gloomy. Hope provides a feeling that there is something better, something good that can happen to you. Hope can provide a more positive internal experience in the now and can also promote the likelihood of good experiences (internally and externally) happening in the future.
Therese J. Borchard writes about increasing your hope in this article: 3 Quick Ways to Cultivate Hope
Sibling rivalry can get the best of us. Sibling rivalry certainly is an annoyance for parents and certainly strains the relationships between our kids. Although, as with a lot of things that are perceived to be a negative thing, sibling rivalry can have some benefits.
Check out another one of my articles from my PsychCentral blog.
The summer can be challenging for all of us parents, especially when our kids start getting antsy or bothering each other. However, this article provides tips to get through a summer day smoothly and with happiness, as well.
Instead of just surviving and getting by, it’s also important to live contentedly and enjoy life.
Thanks for reading.
Feel free to leave a comment below (or at my other blog) about your thoughts on how your family manages the stresses of summer and what kinds of things you do to promote happiness in yourself and your family.
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