In families, stress is part of life! A traditional mom’s life with younger kids is about managing the minute-by-minute needs of a thundering herd (sometimes even one kid feels like a herd) that requires constant food, clothing, transportation, hygiene, education, for years on end. A traditional dad’s life is about making money all day, missing out on all the little things. In this season of life, everyone’s feeling everything, rubbing up against each other, conflicts arising and resolving, and hopefully sharing more good times than bad. In the thick of things, all kinds of families feel, more often than not, like they are barely holding things together. Add past or present trauma to the regular hassles of life with kids, or any sort of difference or dysphoria that requires extra coping skills—and you’ve got a lot of stress on your plate.
How do we handle it? Cumulative stress is a killer. Stress erodes our health over the years, taking its toll in the form of disease – all kinds of disesase, mental and physical, or just generally eroding our well-being. But here’s the great news for families: there are two types of stress. And one of them is actually good for you. It’s called eustress, good stress, and it’s the kind of stress that challenges you, moves you to a better place.
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