Learn To Recognize Family Stress – Tips To Relieve Anxiety

by Texas Homesteader ~ 

The world is sure a stressful place these days. And all that stress can take a toll on your health and family life. So during particularly stressful times it’s doubly important to learn to recognize your own stress, or stresses experienced by your family members.

Learn to recognize stress and seek help if necessary. #TexasHomesteader

High Stress In An Angry World

Financial, political and health anxiety is high these days. So high in fact that there are news reports of children suffering abuse due to the stresses their parents were feeling about all that’s going on in the world.

Child abuse cases are up. Domestic violence cases are up. Stress is high.

The news is filled with frightful stories. Social media is packed with angry accusatory posts. It seems there’s so much anger & stress in the world these days.

Learn To Recognize Stress In Your Family

There are symptoms to look for when experiencing high levels of stress in yourself or with members of your family. 

      • Increase in irritability

      • Outbursts of anger

      • Increased arguing

      • Difficulty relaxing or sleeping

      • Frequent crying

      • Difficulty making decisions

Physical Symptoms of Stress

Your body goes through changes when exposed to high levels of stress. Especially when that stress is prolonged.

      • Stomachaches

      • Headaches

      • Diarrhea

      • Being easily startled

      • Loss of appetite

There’s a more complete list at the end of this post, courtesy of the Department of Health & Human Services.

How Do You Relieve Anxiety?

There are many easy ways to help relieve stress. Ways to pamper your mind & body. Try one or all of these methods. 

Keep Your Body Healthy

    • Eat healthy foods
    • Stay hydrated with plenty of water
    • Get rest & plenty of sleep
    • Exercise – stay active

Ways To Relax

    • Keep in contact with family, friends & loved ones
    • Enjoy your favorite hobbies
    • Limit your exposure to news & social media
    • Listen to soothing music 
    • Read your favorite book
    • Meditate

How To Find Joy In Your Days

When I’m stressed I find it helpful to slow things down. I’m more mindful of the beautiful things in my life.

I may decide to take a stroll through he pastures, looking at the beautiful flowers along the way.

Black-eyed susan wildflowers in NE Texas. #TexasHomesteader

While outside I’m deliberate in paying attention to my senses. I feel the sun on my face. The breeze in my hair. I hear with delight the sounds of the birds around me.

This time of slowing down and walking outside often sooths my stress. What about you?

Do things that bring joy into your life. Get outside when you can and feel sunshine on your face. Putter in the garden. Serve lunch picnic style in your backyard or even your living room floor.

Turn on the music and have dance contests with your kids. Open the windows at home and let in some sunshine. People are fearful & stressed. Learn to recognize stress in your family. Do what you can to find joy in your days. Seek help if needed. #TexasHomesteader

Get dressed in the morning, don’t just languish in your pj’s. Play a fun board  game together as a family – laughter is the best medicine.

I don’t have all the answers y’all. But I do feel those same stresses of uncertainty just as all of you do, so I understand.

Love & peace to all.



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2 thoughts on “Learn To Recognize Family Stress – Tips To Relieve Anxiety

  1. candace ford

    I count myself lucky to be where we are – in the boondocks!!!
    Remembering your new acquisition – a bidet – It struck me how timely that was or are the people in your area not doing the toilet paper hoarding thing?
    As a country person w/ a fairly long drive weekly for groceries and other supplies and fast food lunch I have always been one who stocked up. Who knows when the roads might become impassable in winter especially.
    A week or so ago there was an article in the local paper, the police were telling people to stop calling 911 to report toilet paper hoarders and don’t call 911 to report people cutting in front of you in line.
    Seriously? Good grief have people lost their collective minds?
    Be safe!!!

    1. Texas Homesteader Post author

      My bidet purchase was riiiiiight before the toilet paper craziness, I couldn’t have timed it any better. And really??!! 911 for toilet paper issues? LOL. I’d been considering a bidet for years anyway, so glad we decided to buy when we did. We’re so lucky too Candace for the same reason as you – living out in the boondocks with a well-stocked pantry & freezer. Even with this self-quarantine our days are pretty much the same. We still deal with fences & pastures, cattle & chickens, garden & bees. I already cooked from scratch and have never had a manicure. I cut my own hair and RancherMan’s too. So our days haven’t changed much. But it makes me ever mindful of those for whom schedules are massively different and who might be going through stresses. It breaks my heart to hear of the spike in child abuse and domestic violence cases because of the stresses. Hopefully folks will be on the lookout for the signs of stress in their homes and reach out for help if needed. Stay safe, sweet girl. Sooner or later, things will return to normal. ~TxH~


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