Stress Disorders

Everyone encounters stress at some point in their lives, whether it's endless bills, demanding schedules, work, or family obligations. As a result, stress can feel inevitable and uncontrollable. Stress management skills are designed to give people control over their lifestyle, thoughts, and emotions and teach them healthy ways to deal with problems.

Find the Cause

The first step in managing stress is identifying the stressor. This sounds very simple, and it's not hard to point out big changes or a lot of effort, but chronic stress can be complex, and most people don't understand how their habits contribute to stress. Maybe your work pileup is due to procrastination rather than actual work demands. Once we're able to identify the stressors, we can address them by taking responsibility. This way, you become more in charge and can more easily control your stress.

Stress Management Strategies

Focus on what you can control. Eliminate realistic stressors and develop consistent stress-reducing habits. Instead of watching TV or replying to texts in bed after work, go for a walk or read a book. A healthy diet, regular exercise, and enough quality sleep can help relieve stress and relax. Consciously take time to relax for yourself. Alone time can be whatever you want it to be. Some people enjoy activities like tai chi, yoga, and meditation, but you can also reward yourself with something as simple as taking a bubble bath, listening to music, or watching a funny movie.

Finally, don't feel like you have to deal with stress alone! Please reach out to family, friends, or whoever you identify as your support system. Whether you need help with a problem or just need someone to listen, find someone who is positive and supportive. If your stress becomes chronic, don't hesitate to seek the help of a therapist.