Coping With Stress Part 1

Now that we know what stress is (good stress and bad stress) and have recognized different stressors in life, it is time to learn to cope with it. It's inevitable, right? So we need to learn positive ways to cope. Positive Coping Skills

They say "Laughter is the best medicine" and I would have to agree.

Have you ever noticed your body after a good laugh? It feels relaxed! After a great laugh I feel ready to take a nap! That's because it is relaxing. Your body actually responds to laughter with chemicals that cause you to relax. So here are tips on things to do to encourage this: 1. Be intentional to give yourself a daily dose of laughter everyday- whether it is a comic, a book of funny sayings or pictures, or a funny TV show. 2. Make sure your movies have a mix of comedy in them. Those of us introspective people tend to focus on dramas or something that is educational. Give yourself permission to watch comedies too! 3. Pass along funny emails or jokes to friends and family (tasteful ones of course :)) 4. Learn to laugh at yourself! Don't take everything so seriously.

Journaling is a great stress relief!

1. Journaling is a great way to learn about ourselves and get our feelings/thoughts out of our head and onto paper. 2. Write about your dreams- keeping your journal by your bed at night. Write as soon as you wake up. This can create self awareness. 3. Write about anything you want, as long as you want. This is for YOU and you only.

Breathe! Breathing and Meditation are vital to stress relief!

1. Be aware of your breathing and consciously take breaths in and out. Blow out (like a candle) and breath in thru the nose. 2. Meditation is great because you can be anywhere and do it anytime. Focus on positive thoughts (or prayer). 3. Be comfortable when you practice breathing and meditation, if possible.

Exercise!

1. Exercise 3 times a week for 30 minutes for stress relief. 2. Pick something you enjoy, if possible, like walking if you like outdoors. 3. Get a partner or join a class to help you stay on track. 4. Exercise releases chemicals in your body that fight anxiety and depression.

This seems like a lot of information. I encourage you to pick one or two things to start practicing. Then once you have made them a part of your life, add another. It's amazing what a couple of these things can do.

Tomorrow Joleen will give us more ways to cope. Thanks for reading! Have a relaxing, stress-free day!

Written by Natalie Chandler

Natalie Chandler, MA, LMHC is a therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Natalie enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, and couples counseling.  We also specialize in family counseling, child, and adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Westfield, and Zionsville