Stressed OutFeelingsStressed Out<div class="ExternalClassB88EA1AC3AE6498B95E170D29D407DE9"><p style="font-family:georgia;font-size:16px;">​<span>Honestly, I feel selfish for wasting someone's time but I just need advice. I get stressed out way too easy. I think things that I don't feel comfortable writing out. I need ways to cope with stress. My life has fallen apart in the last couple of months. If you could help me that would be wonderful. Thank you </span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div><div class="ExternalClassF1BFE4E51F784A28B00576A8EA5178F3"><div><div class="ExternalClassB88EA1AC3AE6498B95E170D29D407DE9"><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>We are glad that you reached out.  It isn’t easy to reach out when you are struggling, but we are glad that you did.  A bit of stress is actually healthy in our lives.  However, when it becomes overwhelming, that's when it causes problems.  When someone is experiencing a significant amount of stress, it is initially important to analyze if there is anything that can be done to reduce the stress.  Some people take on too many unnecessary tasks at a time.  If there are some things that you can eliminate, then take the necessary action to accomplish this.</span></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Second, it sometimes helps when you are feeling overwhelmed to make a list of what you need to accomplish.  You might even break it down to daily tasks, or even things that you have to do hourly.  By making a list you will be able to organize your life better; you can also cross off your accomplishments and get a sense of satisfaction. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Third, you also might want to try to develop some coping skills for how to handle stress.  If you find yourself getting anxious as a result of this stress then you may want to try some exercises to calm yourself down such as listening to soothing music, imagining calming scenes such as an ocean, a waterfall, or birds flying.  You can also slow your breathing down, or tense and then relax your body muscles.  Sometimes it helps when a person is stressed to get away from the situation, if possible, and then go back to it once you are calm. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>Be sure that you are getting plenty of rest, eat regular healthy meals, and exercise frequently.  Taking care of your body and mind helps significantly with stress. </span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal" style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"><span>You do not indicate what the stressors are in your life, but if you want to talk about your situation, you can call, text, or chat to discuss them further.  Take care and be safe.</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;"> </span><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-family:tahoma;font-size:16px;">Nancy, counselor</span><br></p> <span style="font-size:16px;"> </span></div></div> </div>16

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