Why You Should Actually Tell Your Kids When You're Stressed at Home

And how to help them communicate their anxiety too.

Why You Should Actually Tell Your Kids When You're Stressed at Home

Elisabeth Hasselbeck is no stranger to stress. She competed in the second season of "Survivor," coming all the way in fourth place, and spent 12 years as a co-host on the debate-heavy shows "The View" and "Fox & Friends." So when it comes to managing the pressures of daily life, she's got plenty of experience to go around.

Since the pandemic began, we've all been a little on edge — spending more time in close quarters with family, cooking every meal every day, and not being able to enjoy our favorite activities. If you're feeling this tension, Hasselbeck has the perfect advice to restore some balance in your life: Don't be afraid to ask for help.

"Let your family know you need help and that you trust them enough to ask you," she told Dr. Oz. "Let them be good citizens in the house. That can free up time for you to reconnect with who you are."

On the flip side, if you notice your children feeling stressed or anxious, you can help them to communicate those feelings with you. Elisabeth Hasselbeck designated a special blackboard in her home for her kids to write down their fears and worries.

"They can get their fears out on a wall. And then they get to go back to the wall and have an honest conversation with God. Having a method to process fear together, it brought unity in our home. It took that 'worry backpack' off of our kids. They don't have to carry this stuff alone. And it allowed us to see what's really on their hearts, and they actually got to see what was on our hearts too," she said.

We could all use a little help now and then. Head here for more wellness advice and tips for managing stress and prioritizing self-care.