I believe that stress and anxiety are normal conditions of life. Anxiety and stress can become problems when they become too much or too strong and impact different areas of your life. Here are some tips for managing your stress:
o Engage in Physical Activity/Exercise
Many of us already know that when we are stressed and/or anxious our bodies secrete higher levels of cortisol and adrenaline. Working out is one way to manage elevated hormone levels. Whether your workout consists of a 30-60-minute walk or a workout class, I have found that working out serves as a cathartic release.
o Implement Relaxation Techniques
Relaxation techniques can be really grounding and can therefor help manage stress. Everyone is different and people enjoy different techniques. There are many different strategies out there like Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR), Diaphragmatic Breathing, and Guided Meditation—just to name a few. Find what works for you and see if implementing it helps manage stress. If one strategy does not work do not get discouraged because it is about finding one that works for you.
o Manage your Time
- Often, we overbook, overcommit and take on too many tasks, which can be stressful! Because of this, it might help to keep a planner and stay organized in managing your time appropriately. Remember, it’s ok to say “no” sometimes. The most important commitment is the one we make to ourselves, so make sure you allocate time for self-care.
o Journal or Color (Yes. I said Color.)
I recommend journaling to many of my clients. I like to remind them that there are no rules for journaling. This is your time to write whatever comes to mind. Whether it becomes your personal diary, a place to log your dreams or jot your favorite poems/song lyrics, journaling can serve as a great coping skill. If journaling doesn’t work for you, try adult coloring. There are many different adult coloring books. Get creative and have fun with it!
o Talk to a Therapist
Many people, at first, may be against seeing a therapist. A therapist is a good communication partner. More often than not, just having a safe space to talk openly and honestly with someone is cathartic in and of itself. Some great resources/websites to help find a therapist are: PsychologyToday and GoodTherapy.