When you or a loved one are stressed or anxious, it can seem that even daily tasks feel harder than usual. But we want you to know that you’re not alone. While it’s always a good idea to talk to a professional about your mental health, following these tips may help you better manage your stress and increase your ability to deal with what life throws your way. This is called resiliency and it can make you stronger in challenging times.
Change your perception. Stressful events are bound to happen in life, and while you may not be able to change them, you can change how you react. When dealing with a difficult moment, try keeping in mind that this will pass and the future will be better.
Embrace change. Sometimes life throws curveballs your way and what you had in mind may not be within reach anymore. Accepting when things can’t be changed can help you focus on what you may be able to control, like your attitude or your approach to dealing with them.
See your doctor. If you’re not feeling well, don’t assume that it’s no big deal or it’ll pass. Your doctor can help you decide if your symptoms are due to a physical or mental health problem and help you create a plan to feel better.
Watch what you eat. A healthy, balanced diet fuels your body and keeps your blood sugar steady. This helps prevent mental highs and lows that can make depression and anxiety seem worse.
Get moving. Regular exercise can help you feel less stressed, depressed and anxious. It can even help you sleep better. Check with your doctor before developing a fitness plan.
Manage your stress. Pay attention to how you’re feeling and don’t take on too much. Know your limits and only take on what you can handle.
Get to know your triggers. Be mindful of what may be causing you to feel stressed. For example if watching the news makes you tense, take a break.5 Remember, it’s OK to say “no.”
Connect with others. Surround yourself with positive, caring people, and spend a lot of time with them. If you don’t have supportive people in your life, seek them out by joining a support group.
Save time for yourself. Make time each week to do something you enjoy, as this can give life more meaning and purpose.
After experiencing extreme stress, tragedy or a traumatic event, it’s common to have strong emotions and reactions that linger for a while. These strong emotions are often normal.
Disbelief and shock
Feeling sad, frustrated, helpless, numb, angry, guilty, tense and irritable Fear and anxiety about the future
Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
Reduced interest in usual activities
Wanting to be alone
No desire for food or loss of appetite
Sleeping too much or too little
Nightmares or bad memories
Reoccurring thoughts of the event
Headaches, back pains, and stomach problems
Increased heart rate and difficulty breathing
Increased smoking or use of alcohol or drugs
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