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8 Fun Ways to De-Stress with Your Family

Stress. It seems like something everyone struggles with today. It used to exist merely to promote survival, but now it’s a regular component of daily life. The nature of work/social/family balance can have stressful moments, and it can have an effect on our wellness. According to The American Institute of Stress (ASIS), 77% of Americans regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress.

Stress exists in everyone’s lives in varying degrees, and it’s up to us to assess how it is affecting us and our families. November 7th is National Stress Awareness Day, and it brings about a great opportunity to discuss stress with our families and teach our children how to healthfully manage stress. Not sure where to start? Try one of these 10 family-approved ideas for fun ways to de-stress together.

8 Fun Ways to De-Stress with Your Family

1. Play
You know what they say about all work and no play! Finding a way to play together is a great way to combat stress for the whole family. Whether it’s board games, a video game, or a favorite sport, playing together will help you bond with the ones you love the most while making great memories.

2. Watch a movie
Whether it’s a weekly family movie night or a special once-in-a-while treat, getting lost in a movie together is a good way to escape reality for a little while, which might be just what your family needs. Let each family member take a turn picking out the movie, and don’t forget the snacks!

3. Do a puzzle
Working on a puzzle requires patience and focus, two things that are difficult to do when you’re stressed. Completing a puzzle together as a family can give you a sense of accomplishment and teamwork.

4. Get out of the house
Sometimes a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered! Load the family up for a day trip or even a quick weekend getaway. Just don’t fall into the trap of over-planning or setting a high bar for your outing, which can lead to more stress.

5. Volunteer
Volunteering is a great way to find perspective. When you spend time focusing on the needs of others, it’s hard to think too much about your own problems. You’ll do some good in the world and it will be a valuable experience for your kids.

6. Have a dance party
Crank the tunes and host your very own dance party! There’s something about music and moving your body that helps stress melt away, and it’s a great way to fit some activity into your day. Have a contest with your family to see who wins the award for wildest, funniest and smoothest moves.

7. Clean your house
Yep, you read that right! Cleaning your home can be a great way to de-stress, and who wouldn’t appreciate a little help? Block off a “family house cleaning hour” each week and make sure everyone pitches in.

8. Laugh
Laughter is almost always the best medicine. Check out some funny YouTube videos or take turns telling your favorite jokes. A few belly laughs will shake the stress right off!

What are some of your favorite ways to de-stress as a family? Share them with us on our facebook page!