Stress is becoming more of a danger to health every year, it seems. And, let’s not mess around here – raising a family is just about as stressful as it gets! A million different things are going on at any one moment, and, no doubt, a billion different answers to every problem. But, I think you can boil down a happy and stress-free life to just five little things. Take a look at my suggestions and let me know what you think!
Good financial sense
At first, I was going to kick things off with money – but on reflection, I’m not sure it’s all that important. We would all like to be a little better off, of course. But, when you have lots of money there are other pressures – which aren’t always stress-free. So, I think good financial sense is a better option. As long as you know what you can afford, and never overreach with your finances, you will have a far happier and less stressful time of it. I know how difficult it can be to make ends meet, but there are many different ways of cutting costs. It’s not about what you earn – it’s about what you do with your money that makes the difference.
I find it astonishing going to the supermarkets these days. Yes, you tend to get the fresh fruit and veg at the front of the store, but head back an aisle or too and the healthy food options go rapidly downhill. The vast majority of shelves hold food that is too high in salt, sugar, or unhealthy fats. And, it all contributes to a variety of problems in the home. You can see noticeable changes in behaviour when your kids are eating too much unhealthy food. They can get sluggish, irritable, or even unruly. I truly believe that a healthy diet can help iron out a lot of those problems and make home a much more relaxing place.
If you had asked me about life insurance, contents insurance, or pensions a few years ago, I would have had a blank look on my face. Now, though, it’s getting to be a different story. I think we owe it to our kids to be more responsible in these areas of life that no -one likes talking about. Family law solicitors are also worth thinking about regarding giving your family protection. They aren’t just for issuing divorce proceedings. A good lawyer who knows your situation can also help you out with countless scenarios.
I know mums and dads who barely ever see their kids because they are always working. It’s not just those with jobs, either. Plenty of mothers feel they have to do so much work around the home that they don’t get to spend much quality time with their little ones. It’s stressful in several ways, so I think it’s important to free up some of your days. And not just time with the children, either. It’s important to treat yourself like a robot rather than a human – so take a break now and again, before it impacts your health. Try some fitness classes, or just read a book instead!