Recognizing and dealing with stress Part 2

Yesterday Natalie posted physical, emotional and behavioral signs of stress. You might have read those and thought "Yep, that's me!" Or, maybe you don't identify with much stress (congratulations!), but want to keep your life as peaceful as possible. Whether you're pulling your hair out frequently, or find yourself whistling along, today we're going to talk about 5 ways to stay healthy in today's world.

  1. Drink H2O & eat a balanced diet. Water cleanses the toxins out of our systems and we all know that fruits and veggies have tons of antioxidants and nutrients that fortify our bodies beyond belief. Why mess with a good thing?
  2. Get sleep! If we're not getting enough rest, then our body can't repair itself from the day before & gets rundown, unable to defend us for what we face in the coming days. Sleep also helps our body rejuvenate and relax.
  3. Exercise. Blah, blah, blah, right? Wrong! Did you know that 30-45 minutes of exercise releases endorphins and the anti-depressant chemicals (serotonin & norepinephrine) in our brain? It's a natural anti-depressant! Now who wouldn't want that?
  4. Ask for help. This is really hard to do. The key to a healthy life is knowing your limitations and where you need assistance. Whether it's help cleaning the house, someone to watch your children so you can run errands (or take a nap!) or help getting organized with other projects. Asking for help is NOT a sign of weakness. It's a sign of strength. Asking for help allows you to take care of yourself so you can continue to take care of the other people & responsibilities in your life.
  5. Meditation. Whether this involves praying, yoga, daily devotionals/reading time, journaling or another form of individual or organized activity, it's very important to have a time of reflection.  Meditation allows for a clear head, and reflection time for goals of the day/week/month/year. For those struggling with anger, it's also great anger management.

Keep reading throughout the week as Joleen discusses more stress-reducing tips and Teri shares how to notice stress in children.

Written by: Tamara Portee, LMHC, LCAC

*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.