Stress Management Tips
🟪Recognize how you respond to stress
Everyone experiences stress differently.
How do you recognize when you are stressed?
How are your thoughts or behaviors different from times when you do not feel stressed?
🟪Identify your sources of stress.
What events or situations trigger stressful feelings?
Are they related to your children, family, health, financial decisions work, relationships, or something else?
🟪Learn to recognize your own stress signals.
People experience stress in diverse ways.
You may have a tough time concentrating or making decisions, feel angry, irritable or on edge or experience headaches, muscle tension or struggle with a lack of energy.
Take note of your stress signals.
🟪Recognize how you deal with stress.
Determine if you are using unhealthy behaviors (such as smoking, gambling, inappropriate drug-use, drinking alcohol and over/under eating) to cope.
Is this a regular or routine behavior, or is it happening specifically during certain events or situations?
Or when in contact with key people?
Do you make unhealthy choices because of feeling rushed and overwhelmed?
🟪Find healthy ways to manage stress.
Consider healthy, stress-reducing activities such as meditation, exercising or talking things out with trusted friends or family.
Keep in mind that unhealthy behaviors develop over time and can be challenging to change.
Do not take on too much at once. Be kind to yourself, focus on changing only one behavior at a time.
🟪Take care of yourself. Eat health, get enough sleep, drink plenty of water and engage in regular physical activity.
Ensure you have a healthy mind and body through activities like yoga or stretching, taking a short walk, going to the gym, or playing sports that will enhance both your physical and mental health.
🟪Take regular vacations or other breaks from work.
No matter how hectic life gets, be available for yourself — even if it is quite simple things like reading an enjoyable book or listening to your favorite music while enjoying a soothing beverage.
🟪Reach out for support.
Accepting help from supportive friends and family can improve your ability to manage stress.
If you continue to feel overwhelmed by chronic stress, it may be time to talk to a counsellor or therapist who can help you better manage stress and support you changing towards more healthy behaviors.
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