Our mental health tip of the week is to LEARN HOW TO DEAL WITH STRESS. Don’t avoid it, don’t ignore it, deal with it! That’s the only healthy way to address stress.
The University of Michigan Health Science department has these tips for managing stress:
“Like it or not, stress is a part of life. Practice good coping skills: Try One-Minute Stress Strategies, do Tai Chi, exercise, take a nature walk, play with your pet or try journal writing as a stress reducer. Also, remember to smile and see the humor in life. Research shows that laughter can boost your immune system, ease pain, relax your body and reduce stress.”
The one minute stress strategies are an amazing resource! Have a read and try to implement these strategies when you feel stressed.
The Very Well Mind website (photo credit) also has some great breathing techniques. Check those out here.
It’s also key to be self-aware and identify what is causing you to feel stressed at the same time so taking time out to do that and relieve the stress with these tips is a great positive change you can make for your mental health.