How to Manage Stress

Raise your hand if you’re not stressed. [cricket noises] While stress is a natural part of life, it doesn’t have to overwhelm you. If you manage stress, it not only improves your mood and daily outlook, but it’s also good for your health!

What’s causing you stress?

First of all, pinpoint your stressors. Sometimes we’re stressed because of circumstances we can’t change, like family issues. However, most of the time we’re simply too busy or trying to fit too much into each day. If you struggle with stress on a daily basis, adjust your lifestyle. Leave room for white space. Schedule one big activity/event each day and fill the rest of the day with smaller tasks. Rest in the evenings, and stay home every other weekend to relax as a family instead of going out. Spending time with family and friends is a great way to manage stress.

Do you take time to invest in yourself?

Perhaps stress has kept you from truly relaxing during your down time. Make a conscious effort to release tension regularly by stretching, doing yoga, or getting a massage. Exercising is also a great way to deal with stress, because it releases endorphins in your body, also known as “happy hormones.” In addition to relaxation techniques and exercise, eating healthier and getting more sleep are also highly effective stress-reducers.

Is your stress manageable or out of control?

If lifestyle changes don’t help, you may need to seek professional counsel for your stress. Sometimes depression, anxiety, or hormone imbalances cause stress and cannot be resolved without professional therapy or medication. Talk to your primary care provider today about how to manage stress.