Helpful Tips For Stress

Helpful Tips For Stress

by | Oct 7, 2021

Stress is a normal part of our lives. That being said, the types of things that cause stress to particular people do vary as well as the manner in which people manage it.

Stress can originate from both external sources as well as internally in the manner in which we process and make sense of our lives.

Examples of things that cause stress in our lives are career difficulties and career unhappiness, difficult schedules as well as ties to perfectionism and low self-esteem.

Despite being a normal part of our lives, stress can become problematic when it begins to adversely impact our emotional and physical well-being and we are unable to manage it on our own.

Stress doesn’t simply impact us on an emotional level. If left unaddressed it can also manifest in physical health ailments such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol, not to mention impact our jobs and families.

Stress impacts our entire system in an alarming manner and when it becomes chronic it doesn’t allow us to turn off our fight or flight response.

There are a few telltale signs that can tip you off to whether you are experiencing too much stress including, lack of patience and motivation, increased annoyance or aggravation, being easily moved to tears, and panic or anxiety attacks.

A good place to start to decrease emotional stress is by doing the things you enjoy such as devoting time to maintaining important social connections, getting some exercise, and being mindful of not taking on too much. Do something you enjoy or maybe try journaling or meditating.

So many of us are stressed due to being caught in the “what if” mindset. Pondering on the many things that can go wrong in the various situations we all face on a daily basis. A tiny bit of this can be helpful in fueling the planning and implementing the process of any task; however, it can quickly become an unhealthy rabbit hole into which we become stuck.

Try changing “what if” to “what is” which helps to ground you in reality and the safety of the moment. Most importantly, don’t be afraid to reach out for professional support in techniques to aid in the management of your stress.

 

Paige Keppler, T-LMFT

Paige Keppler, T-LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Paige is truly an insightful therapist. She is passionate about working with families, teens, and individuals. Paige strives to recognize your individual autonomy while attempting to create an authentic and trusting relationship with which to facilitate healing and growth. She is available for day and weeknight appointments. Click to learn more about how Paige can help you. Learn More About Paige

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