Would you like to cut down on stress in your life? What parent would say NO to that proposal?
Parenting is a stressful job. Then you add in your job, your friendships, your home, your finances, and your marriage and the stress just keeps adding up.
I’m not sleeping well.
I have no time to myself.
I’m snapping at my kids or my spouse.
I don’t enjoy the things I used to enjoy.
If you find yourself thinking any of those, then it’s time to be intentional about running your life and stop letting your life run you.
If you are trying to figure out how to start your journey of cutting out some of the stress in your life, then try this simple exercise:
- Make a list of the things do throughout a typical weekday. Put down everything you can think of, including meetings, driving, and what you do with your kids and friends.
- Make another list of the things that are most important to you. Perhaps it’s your kids, your job, your health, etc.
- Compare the two lists. The contrast may be eye-opening, and even a little hard to admit, but very necessary to see.
This exercise will show you the things in your life that you need to focus on and be more intentional about and the things that you need to start weeding out. You can and should start saying NO to good things so that you have time for great things.
If you take this exercise seriously, you will eventually find yourself with way more space. As a result, you will become more peaceful as you cut out anxiety-inducing activities.
In order to cut down on stress, you must learn the art of saying NO. You are allowed to say that! You don’t have to do everything that people ask you to do. If you try to be all things to all people, you will run out of time for the most important people in your life.
Cutting down on stress in your life is actually pretty simple. But it is also hard to prioritize and then stick to those priorities. As a parenting coach, I’d love to help you establish those priorities and come up with a plan to stick to them. Please schedule a free call here.