Stress at home has a tremendous impact on our lives and the lives of those we love. Taking decisive action to reduce your family stress will bring you more peace, harmony, and fulfillment in all areas of your life.

Reducing your family stress can strengthen your relationships, ignite your passion, nurture your children into confident adults, and enable you to enjoy your life.

Follow these tips to help reduce the stress in your household:

Show unconditional love. Above all, showing your love to your spouse and children brings peace. Take every opportunity to tell them you love them, you’re proud of them, and that they make you happy.

✴ This is equally important if you get in an argument. Remind yourself how much you love this person and work toward a peaceful, win-win solution for everyone involved.

✴When you think of how much you love this person, and feel grateful for them, it immediately reduces your stress, strengthens your patience, and lessen irritations.

✴Teach everyone in your family this loving attitude, so they can benefit in this same way.

Organize. Make it a point – and teach your children to do the same – to make a place for everything and keep everything in its place. A lot of stress at home is caused by clutter and not being able to find what we need when we need it.

✴Put things in convenient places, like keys, shoes, backpacks, and book bags by the door. This type of organization can prevent the stress of hectically rushing around trying to get everything together in the mornings.

Let the children help with household chores. Take some of the stress off of yourself and let the kids help in everything they’re able to do. This reduces your workload and teaches them responsibility.

✴Make a Chore Chart where you divide up the chores each week among everyone in the family. Find something that everyone can do to help. Give them gold stars on the chart or other rewards as they accomplish their tasks.

✴Make time for yourself and for your family members, too. Making time for yourself helps relax and revive you so you can bounce back with plenty to offer your family. And spending special time with each person makes them feel loved, important, and cherished.

✴Eat dinner together at home. Dinner can be a special time for all of you. You can use this time to relax together and share in each others’ experiences. It’s another opportunity to show encouragement, love, and support to your loved ones.

✴Simplify your life. Use the tips mentioned earlier in this book to simplify your life and bring peace to a hectic household. You’ll be simply amazed at the difference it can make to your stress levels!

Affirmations to help you reduce stress in your home:

✴I love my family with all my heart and strive to increase their happiness.

✴I am so grateful for my family. They fill my life with joy.

✴I take time to keep things organized. It makes my life so much easier.

✴I plan and prepare nutritious meals to keep my family healthy.

✴I make it a point to tell everyone in my family that I love them every day.