Is your life a hot mess?  Life challenges come in all different shapes and sizes.  What can literally break you one day, may barely affect your life the next.  Much has to do with the amount of anxiety, stress and additional problems you currently face.

The balance of your physical and emotional health is essential.  But, at the time chaos hits the fan, we are rarely prepared to properly analyze the perfection of our "balanced mind, body and soul".  So, we react, let go and hold on.  It's like a wild ride at an amusement park.  

Is there a right or wrong way to live when life is such a wild ride?

Home

One of the best strategies to follow when your home is a total freakin' mess is to let life happen when it happens.  Don't overstress about little messes.  Instead focus on organization. 

Determine your problem areas such as bills, groceries, meals, laundry, lawn care.  Organize chore lists, plan ahead with premade meals for the weekdays, do one load of laundry everyday instead of making it a laundry weekend (and we all know how those go).  Make a list for the grocery store to avoid overspending.  Get your bills on autopay or set up a budget on your home computer with easy pay options by app or web so that you spend less money and time writing checks. 

There are ways to keep your life in order, even when the house and kids may be a complete mess.  It's important to focus away from the mess on the counters, unmade beds or housecleaning. 

Instead, keep up with things that can get away from you (e.g. Dishes can pile up and this leads to stress at meal time.  Keep this chore up, while you may ignore chores like making beds, dusting or floor care.  These chores won't affect family time or schedules.).   At the end of the week, survey what needs attention and attack.  Have the kids help out and give the place a once over cleaning for the week.

Self

When things are starting to get away from you with work, home and family, you need to be the one who knows when to say "when".  As a single person, you are less likely to have someone around who will recognize the signs of stress, anxiety or depression.  It is much more difficult to notice changes in yourself, appearance and behavior like a spouse might.

The best way to deal with this is to offset negative emotions in an effort to cope with your stress.   Initiate activities that provide you an outlet for your problems.  No matter how difficult or seemingly simple your problems may be, the combination can cause everyday minor issues to overload you.  You may find yourself overreacting, unable to find solutions or unable to block such issues from interfering with your emotional well-being.

Once you begin a new regimen of healthy activities like aerobics, yoga or walking you should find it easier to cope with your divorce and everyday life battles.

If you still feel overloaded, stressed-out or low energy after a reasonable period of time (reasonable being: enough is enough!), get into a family doctor.  While you may be in the middle of a tough situation and feel that medical intervention may not help, sometimes difficult situations, like a divorce, may affect your physical health causing it harder to cope. 

It then becomes a cycle where your physical well-being causes your situation to worsen which continues to affect your physical well-being.    Sometimes something as simple as a low-dose prescription and/or therapy can make all the difference. 

Follow your doctor's advice, get some diagnostic testing and consider a prescription or counseling, if recommended.

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