How to reduce your relative’s stress by making a daily routine
People with mental illness are very sensitive to stress. If they feel too much stress, they may get sick. It is important for a family and a person with mental illness to reduce stress in the home. How can you reduce stress in your home?
Make a daily routine
Schedule daily routines that can be counted on, such as meals, bedtimes, kitchen clean-up after dinner, taking out the garbage. Set a time when each of these activities will happen. Write the schedule on a sheet of paper and post it on the refrigerator.
Develop house rules together as a family. Once your house rules have been set, stick with them. Do not make it okay to smoke in the house today, and then not okay tomorrow. People with mental illness will have less stress if they have a good idea of where things stand. It is a good idea to learn how to make rules as a family.
Be calm at home
Help the person with mental illness take small steps forward
People with mental illness may need a lot of encouragement to do things and develop skills and interests. They may also want to try new things, but should work up to them very slowly. Begin by giving them relatively easy, personal tasks, like brushing their teeth or getting dressed. Then gradually move on to easy household chores, such as washing the dishes or vacuuming. Next, it might be going to the store or the post office.
If goals are too high, or someone is nagging, the resulting stress can make things worse, and you will undo the progress that has been made.
Working together to deal with family stress
Learn how to deal with stress together. Try to be prepared for the ups and downs of life. Your relative with mental illness needs to learn to deal with stress. You can help by being a good role model:
Sometimes just recognizing and talking about something in advance that might be stressful can also help. That way you can avoid the situation before it happens.