Someone once told me to "handle every stressful situation like a dog...pee on it (metaphorically speaking, of course ) and walk away". This is similar to not stressing the small stuff. If it's not life-threatening or life-altering, don't let it get you down. Learn from it; build from it; and / or walk away.
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When the kids are constantly fighting and won't listen, take them outside and lead them on a run around the yard/ neighborhood. You can race them or you can do a running follow the leader game. It wears them out and stops the fighting. Plus you get a workout in. I have four kids and they stressed me out so this is what I started to do to handle it.
When there are situations that occur that are out of our control I find it helpful to deal with my internal stress by journaling in a big old notebook and writing my thoughts to get my emotions out and under control. I also find that I can come to a decision when it is necessary for me to take action about the stress. Journaling helps me to see things more clearly and to come to a conclusion as to how to handle it. This method works and beats eating everything in the refrigerator!
All that is needed is a big old notebook and if you have nosy roommates or relatives a good shredder.
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