Stress Management Blog

Causes and Solutions to Family Stress

Within a family, if one person suffers from stress, the entire family is gradually affected, heightening levels of anxiety and tension. Some problems may seem unsolvable, but there are solutions available to reduce the levels of stress before they affect a family’s happiness.

1. Income
Income change is highest among family related stress and can affect each and every member of a family. Changes in job situations, such as loss of income, can be incredibly detrimental and can bring about changes to living arrangements, family luxuries and cancellation of daily activities such as daycare, classes and recreational activities. With the loss of such activities, the parent or parents may experience episodes of stress, anxiety, short temperedness, and even depression, which can and does affect children and other household members.

Solution: Effective planning is number one when dealing with this type of stress. Have a family meeting and explain the situation to all members of the family old enough to understand. Have a brain storming session during the meeting and write down any and all ideas to help manage the family budget. Even if a solution is not found, working together can help to ease some of the stress and the sharing of ideas can bring a family closer.

2. Health Insurance
Health insurance concerns plague families across the United States each and every day: from seeking help for an elderly parent to immunizations and physicals for the little ones. Yearly physicals and maintenance medications are luxuries many are finding themselves unable to afford. There is nothing more worrying to a parent than the health of their child and if a parent feels they are unable to provide proper health care for their children, the guilt, worry and stress caused can spread to the entire family.

Solution: Seek out local agencies. Information is available for state health insurance for children, possible social security benefits for the disabled and ill and even rebates and programs to assist those unable to afford their medications, but you have to do your research. Visit your local library, check with the local pharmacist, and surf the net. Drug companies offer specials, discounts and even rebates on their websites. For dental treatment look out for dentists who provide free treatment days or Mission of Mercy events, which work on a first come first serve basis, but provide cost free dental treatment for all.

3. Snoring
This one may surprise you, but it falls under the category of illnesses and health, which is right up there as one of the top causes of stress. Think about it. If you’re not sleeping well, that means you’re tired. Eventually, this can affect your work and possibly your job performance, which could lead to a disciplinary and even redundancy. It’s a domino effect from there. Habits such as smoking, drinking coffee or alcohol and lying on your back are often related to snoring problems. Snoring can keep you, your partner and even your children awake, therefore affecting the entire household. Poor sleep can also affect the way parents treat their children, with a sleep-related bad temper often leading to arguments and disagreements. Disharmony then rules the house, affecting each and every member of the family.

Solution: Snoring treatments are popping up all over the television and Internet and everything from nose strips to special machines can help you breath at night and open relaxed throat muscles, the main cause of snoring. Your first stop should be your family doctor, to discuss possible snoring treatments and finding the one best suited to you, with many medical options available to sufferers. Millions of Americans suffer from snoring, but solutions can be found before snoring negatively affects you or your family’s sleep and well-being.

Family problems if left unaddressed can often escalate into household worries and the stress caused can affect work, school and relationships. Discussion is key and sharing your stresses and talking over a problem can often lead to surprising solutions.

Becky Mackay is an online writer, with a keen interest in health and lifestyle. For more top tips on how to stop snoring visit her Twitter page