Mellissa Beldjenna

Relying on Supportive Family to Manage Stress

You may find yourself at a low point in life. Sometimes accomplishing things on your list can feel overwhelming; you can find yourself thinking about them over and over. When you feel like this, there is no reason to feel ashamed–this happens to a lot of people! Experiencing the ups and downs of life can help you become a stronger person, but it’s important that you seek help when you feel overwhelmed. For me, this is where my family becomes extremely important–and if you have a supportive family, you should use moments like this to rely on them. Here are just a few of the ways you can rely on a supportive family to help you during stressful times.

Get their advice

The best advice always comes from the one who loves you the most. I personally have a rule that I always follow, which is that my mom and my sister are my best friends. They are the people that will never betray me or tell my secrets to someone else. Even more than my closest friends, who I often trust, I always know my family will be there for me.

Do activities with your family

Another way your family can help you when life is overwhelming is by distracting you with a fun or relaxing activity. Go for a walk with your sibling or your parents. Talk about something else, do something you like, an activity you and a member of your family share together. Go somewhere with them to get a change of scenery.

Talk with your family about it

You can also just talk to your family members about what’s going on. Sometimes, I feel overwhelmed because of school, sport, and work. Since I’m so meticulous and like to get everything perfectly done, which doesn’t always happen, I often go to either mom or dad, hug them, talk to them about it, and cry. I always feel so good after; I feel released and free. 

Practice a hobby with your family

If you and your family members have hobbies or artistic things you like to do together, that can also help you take your mind off of things. My siblings and I all share drawing skills, so sometimes we paint, draw or even dance like crazy just to get things off our mind. 

Remedies are not always hard to find; you just have to look for them in the simplest things. For me, that remedy is my family. If you also have a supportive family, they can boost you for success, calm you down, help you get over whatever is bothering you, and encourage you to be the best version of yourself.