How do you manage stress and pressure?

  1. I wondered what measures everyone else uses to manage stress and pressure and the various demands on their time. I always feel like I have more to do than what I can get done, and during the week I am exhausted, constantly- I have 3 young children and work as well as school- a common story. I wonder how others manage it all. This semester is so much harder and more time consuming than last, and I'm so tired when I get home I can hardly stand for anyone to be around me. All I want to do is go to bed. Which of course I can't, theres homework to be done with the kids, dinner to be made, bathtime, cleaning up, and studying/homework for me. How do you all manage it? I find myself being snippy and impatient with my family, and just grouchy all around. Not fair to them, for sure.
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  3. by   Daytonite
    many years ago, in the late 70s actually, i learned transcendental meditation (tm). it was popularized at the time because the beetles were studying with the maharishi yogi in india and doing it. as students we got a substantial discount in the fee to learn it. best thing i ever did. in years since i've learned other meditation techniques as well as self-hypnosis and they are all similar in some respects. the goal is to settle your mind. it can be awesome to experience the quietness. anyway, you can still learn tm but it costs a bundle of money. it basically involves saying a mantra which they give to you (your own secret mantra!) and repeat over and over until you drift off into conscious awareness, but total physical relaxation. well, it's a little more complicated than that, but that's the simple explanation. you can also purchase edgar cayce institute tapes and do the same thing. new age bookstores are loaded with meditation and visualization tapes that you can get for $10-20. the trick is, however, to find a quiet place where you won't be interrupted so you can do the meditations. you don't want to be suddenly pulled out of a meditation by a screaming kid, or as in my case, a cat that suddenly decides to jump in my lap.
  4. by   Scrubz
    As far as school goes, to help reduce stress, when you have something to do, get it done early or start early. Like if you have a test in two weeks, start studying a little every day rather than waiting until the last 2-3 days to start. And stuff like that.

    Also, do fun stuff. If you do enough fun things to balance out the stress then your life won't seem so stressful.
  5. by   BoonersmomRN
    Recently I took up crocheting again. I call it my stress blanket. I am making an afgan and I am NOT correcting my mistakes ha every screw up you see when you look at one less thing I allowed to stress me out. I try to do 3-4 lines an evening.

    It's working!
  6. by   locolorenzo22
    2nd the above....myself, I just end up doing databases/careplans/studying wherever I can squeeze it in. I had a rare day off yesterday, so I cleaned, did laundry, and read a good 86 pages just to get overview of class material this week. Test is next T, and I'll study the weekend before. Careplan and database will get done on Tues afternoon after class, when I'm off and don't work until W 5PM. Just have to do it and know that I won't actually have to do a database at a job.....
  7. by   sissyboo
    Try to take some time JUST for yourself. No studying. No kids. No nothing! Even if its just 15 minutes at night just before bed...a couple of hours on a weekend morning or afternoon. Try to treat yourself to a massage or even just an ice cream or a long walk. I keep my favorite CDs in the car (and a discman b/c my car has no cd player) and I listen to that for the drive (25 minutes) to and from school.

    Maybe try to make a night where there are "no rules" at your house! Everyone can relax in games...and order food in. I'm sure the kids will enjoy the "off" time with you...