Reducing Family Stress

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There is no shortage of challenges that cause feelings of instability and stress among families. As if challenges at home were not enough to manage on their own, global economic instability has been an additional reason to worry for millions of families in recent years.

Stress is an issue that families must face on a regular basis to maintain healthy and enduring relationships. Stress occurs in several facets of the family unit, impacting spousal bonds, parenting efforts, and coping mechanisms of children. There is no way to avoid stress at home, but it is the manner in which stress is managed that will determine how successfully a family will weather the storms of life.

Causes of Family Stress
There are many different causal factors for the stresses that families are subjected to. It cannot be denied that the economy has added stress to the lives of American families. According to, nearly 50% of Americans reported being increasingly stressed about being able to provide for the basic needs of their families. With a stubbornly high unemployment rate, and fluttering financial markets, there is concern about already tightened family budgets and uncertainty about the future. Money is one of the most common sources of stress and worry among families.

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