The Household’s Hidden Stresses (And How To Deal With Them)


Here are some stats you may have never heard before. 50% of dads feel they don’t have enough time with their kids compared to 25% of working mums. Almost half of mums and dads experience work-family conflict. And, 90% of adults feel as if there aren’t enough hours in a day. It’s no wonder reports that people are more stressed at home in the modern era. Sadly, work isn’t the only factor which increases cortisol levels because the house is full of triggers. Even worse, the biggest contributors are hidden from view.

Below are the main ones and how to tackle them.

Too Many Electronics

Considering that a large percentage of parents feel they can’t connect with their children, many spend a lot of time on mobile devices. A regular household will have everything from TVs to iPads to iPhones and Amazon Echoes. Obviously, staring at a screen reduces the level of conversation and limits family time. They may be in the same room but they might as well be on another planet. Plus, mobile technology keeps you linked to outside stressors. Using a phone means an email could ruin your night in one swoop. At the least, it will keep you focused on the office and you won’t be able to relax, which is why they need to go.

A Remodel

When the kitchen or the living room looks tired, the temptation is to give it a new lease of life. Homeowners, especially parents, can’t resist a renovation. The problem is that it takes longer than scheduled. And, it costs more than you budgeted for in the first place. As the work carries on, it’s not uncommon to panic about finances or how long it will be before life is normal. For those who are hell-bent, try and their six-week service. The other option is to avoid major remodels altogether.

The Generational Gap

Adults and youths have never been as far apart as they are today. Just think about the TV programmes you enjoy. Even a decade ago there would be shows which both demographics could watch. Now, the youth has to have the latest gadgets and the older generations are too far behind to get on board. Still, there are ways to bridge the gap if you are persistent enough. For instance, you could try and invest in the entertainment that they like. Or, you can try and understand the slang so that you know the score.

Not Enough Nookie

Sex is a big part of a relationship, even if it has lasted for decades. Not only is it a stress-reliever (romantic) but it’s also a great way to bond and to feel closer. Couples may feel stress heighten when they don’t understand why intercourse doesn’t happen anymore. Maybe it’s an oversight, or perhaps your libido just isn’t as strong now. Whatever the reason, make sure you and your partner talk about the reasons why.

Ultimately, you have to figure out the causes of stress and find a solution ASAP.

This is a collaborative post.

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