Stress Management for Housewives

Stress is an inevitable part of life for everyone. It’s important that we learn how to manage it, so that it doesn’t take control of our lives and wreak havoc on our health. Unfortunately, women, especially Indian housewives, who are dealing with stress tend to believe that they can just “power through”, or that they can put off self-care in order to keep up with the multiple responsibilities of home, work, and family.

If this sounds familiar, it may help to re-prioritize your perspective by thinking about it this way. You are always going to be in a better position to care for your family, manage your household, and keep up with work and other responsibilities when you put your own good health first. The next time you find yourself dealing with a little more than you can easily handle, try these tips for better stress management:

1. Exercise regularly - Exercise reduces stress, improves mood, and boosts overall health. It also helps in better sleeping. Not only does                    exercise produce stress-relieving hormones, it creates a chunk of time when one can be alone with own thoughts – or not think about much            at all. If feeling stressed out, avoid the temptation to ditch the exercise routine in order to create more time to deal with the problems
2. Build a support system. For some people, becoming part of a religious community helps reduce stress. For others it may be diving into a                swim club, or a sewing circle. But wherever it is find them, solid friendships help feel warmth, security, connection.
3. Keep a positive attitude and let go of negatives. Look for silver linings and good news. Make a gratitude list. Accept that there are things              one cannot control.
4. Be assertive instead of aggressive. Instead of becoming angry, defensive, or passive, assert the feelings, opinions, or beliefs.
5. Find ways to relax. Learn to meditate. Try a relaxation app. Listen to the great music of classical composers.
6. Develop new interests. Having a sense of adventure can help you reduce stress. Find things to be passionate about. Find a hobby. Be                      creative!
7. Get enough rest and sleep. When under stress, our body needs time to recover. Give it the rest it needs.
8. Take a break. Take the mind off your problems for a little while, this way you will be able to tackle them with a fresh perspective whenever           ready.
9. Eat healthy, balanced meals. “Stress eating”, in the form of over-indulgence or trips to the vending machine or drive-through, may seem                like a great idea when one is feeling anxious. But reach for an apple instead of a bag of chips when having the urge to munch.
10. Stay hydrated. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks can also be tempting distractions when feeling stressed out. However, water is a better              choice. Our body will be better equipped to fight off stress’s negative affects when it’s properly nourished and hydrated.

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