Managing Family Stress Smarter
The impact of stress at both a personal and family level affects us all. As Peter Janetzki demonstrated through the Stress Quick Quiz, stress is characteristic of being alive. The concern of parents to manage family stress was reflected in the large number of registrations for this parent event. The evening was deeply appreciated by all the attendees. Peter’s presentation style, combined with his professional expertise and lived wisdom, ensured that everyone left feeling encouraged and challenged. A key word which I took away was ‘balance’.
Putting theory into practice, Peter presented a number of tips for ‘staying balanced’:
The tension of who vs do
The tension of demands vs resources
The tension of saying NO!
Switch off to the demands
Set boundaries and stick to them
The tension of different levels of care
The tension within my body – Reading the body signs
Type A characteristics – Learn to slow down!
Peter closed with Prayer for Serenity by Reinhold Niebuhr. The opening words are familiar, but the remainder of the prayer is both comforting and challenging. I commend this prayer to you for your consideration and reflection.
God bless you,