Stress is a very common experience that all of us experience every day. It’s our body’s way of responding to demands throughout the day. This stress can be good stress - stress that motivates or protects us, or bad stress - stress that gets in our way physically and/or mentally.
Take a look at the things that cause you stress (work, finances, family situations, etc.), and consider how you could make a change or improve the situation. Since it isn’t always possible to avoid the things that cause you stress, it may be important to seek support to aid in managing your stress.
Follow these four tips for stress management:
- Practice some rest and relaxation techniques to allow your mind and body to repair itself each day. When in a relaxed state, you will be able to think more clearly and make better decisions.
- Take care of your physical self. Engage in physical exercise/activity and make healthy choices as to what you put into your body. Things, like caffeine and nicotine, can increase your stress and anxiety, where exercise can lower your stress level by expelling negative emotions and adrenaline.
- Manage your time effectively and don’t procrastinate. Putting things on hold can lead to feeling overwhelmed and increase your stress level. Don’t forget to schedule time for fun and enjoyable activities that make you feel good about you.
- Use your words! Learn how to say no as well as how to ask for help when you could really use it. Saying no or having the help from others may reduce or take some items off your “to-do” list.