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Managing Your Stress

When you start to feel overwhelmed, try taking a preventive approach to working through your stress rather than drowning in it. 

  • Take breaks:  Break up a task by walking away & relaxing for a few minutes.
  • Socialize: Spend time with friends and family; being around people is a good distraction.
  • Exercise: Any kind of physical activity is great for your brain and your body.
  • Start a journal or diary: Pour your heart out; your diary won't judge you.
  • Prayer: Praying puts you in touch with a higher power and can be a source of support and strength.
  • Breathing exercises: Some people remember it like this—"good air" in through the nose, "bad air" out through the mouth.  
  • Listen to music: It's a good way to work through your feelings and clear your mind.  
  • Hobbies: Creative outlets and interests help you to express yourself and take your mind off worries.
  • Visual imagery: Identify your "happy place" and imagine yourself there. 
  • Meditation: Deep meditation will change your heart rate, your breathing, and even your brain chemistry--it helps​ you calm down.
  • Pet therapy: Animals can be really good stress-busters.
  • Retail therapy/shopping: Go to the mall or shop on-line—you don't even have to buy anything.
  • Aromatherapy: An air freshener or scented candle can help create a calm and positive atmosphere.
  • Laughter: Find something that makes you laugh, or at least smile!

Stress is not what happens to us.  It’s our response to what happens.  And response is something we can choose. 

-Maureen Killoran

Managing stress can be challenging.  If it all becomes too much for you, let us know, we will help you find a way to get back on track.

 

You don't have to face your problems alone!

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