Blog : Stress

Top Ten Ways to Prevent Stress

  1. Eat real food.  Our bodies are able to deal with the physical demands of stress with proper nutrition.
  2. Drink more water.  When we are dehydrated, we feel more fatigued.
  3. Breathe deeply more often. Set a timer that chimes throughout the day to remind you to take a deep breath and become more present even if it is only for one second.
  4. Get adequate rest.  Schedule time off just like you would schedule an important meeting.  Start by scheduling five minutes a day just for yourself.
  5. Take more walks outdoors.  Fresh air is invigorating.  Green is a very soothing color. A ten minute walk outside is enough to start some blood flowing and get our muscles moving.
  6. Make yourself a priority.  Take care of yourself as if you were your own child. We all have basic needs.  Ensure you don’t let these necessities fall off the table due to obligations.
  7. Practice the art of letting go. We live in a world that is beyond our control. Learn when you are holding on to something that isn’t helping you.  If you are able to let go, this will help you have more energy to deal with battles that are important.
  8. Avoid over-consumption.  Troubles can build when we have too much of anything. Keep your life manageable by consuming only what you need.
  9. Maintain your social support networks. We are not able to do everything alone. We need good people that we can reach out to and rely on when the time arises. It also helps us feel better when we can help someone in need.
  10. Learn how to set and respect personal boundaries. Our capacity is not limitless. We have to know where we begin and end, what we will allow and what we will not.

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Dealing With Stress: A List of Positive and Negative Coping Strategies

“Dear Stress, let’s break up.”

We all have a relationship with stress. Stress is an everyday part of our lives. Maybe that is the first step to gaining control over it.  Like a negative addiction, calling it out can lead to great changes in a more positive direction.  The spinning wheel of stress can cause a list of health conditions. Heart attack, stroke, depression, anxiety, more cold & flu, slower recovery, increased inflammation, and worsening of any current health conditions.

In addition, our favorite friend stress when left unchecked, can make it harder to function and cope. This can lead to poor relationships with family, friends, and peers. We can also lose control over finances.  Without proper strategies in place we search for easy, but poor ways to manage.  Violence, angry outbursts, misuse of alcohol, zoning out, tobacco use, and drug abuse lead to further problems and it is easy to see how we can spiral out of control.

People react to stress in different ways, and no one is perfect. We are in our best shape if we can have more positive reactions than negative.

You can use a list to check in with yourself from time to time to see if stress is becoming a concern.

Print this Hale Healthcare Coping Strategies List to find out.

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April is Stress Awareness Month: Fill Up Your Glass All The Time

If our ability to respond to our environment is inadequate because we do not have sufficient resources, stress will grow beyond our control and we will feel overwhelmed and out of balance. So how do we stay harmonious and able to adapt to the strong stress we may face? There is research on maintaining optimism, the healthiest places, the happiest nations, financial security, and how these factors in our stress levels.  What if you aren’t living in a field of flowers wearing rose-tinted glasses? What then?

I don’t like when I get a glass at a restaurant that isn’t filled all the way to the top. I am exceptionally thirsty this day. I do wonder if is supposed to be that way. I look around at others patrons’ table not necessarily to compare (because that isn’t what we are supposed to do if we want to avoid stress right?) but to validate and confirm that a glass half full (or half empty) is what I am supposed to accept. But then I can never really see because I am too far away from the other tables. I ask the waiter, is this the amount of beverage I am supposed to have, I would like some more I am so thirsty. The waiter never answers, but is happy to add more beverage to the glass.  I never really find out, but at least now, I have enough to make it the rest of the meal without being uncomfortable.

A newer way to view the glass with the water line in the middle may be to not view it as static. We have a glass with potential and reserves. Our glasses are not half-empty or half-full, we are constantly drinking from that glass to survive.  We need to figure out a way to fill it up so that it doesn’t completely dry up.  This might be a good way to view your stress reserves. The glass may never get full or completely empty, but there are things we can do to add back what is taken out.  Poor coping skills may add temporarily, but murky up the water eventually so it isn’t so nourishing.  With proper coping, we can constantly add to our glasses to get what we need to feel refreshed and stabilized.  We may never be able to predict what potent stress comes our way. We may never get answers to why we must deal with those stresses, but it is in our power to add to our reserves in many positive ways to keep balance.

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