Life. Is. Stressful.
There is no way around it.
We can't eliminate stress completely, but we sure can find some ways to be less stressed. This week we are offering some helpful tips for all of us to reduce stress.
1. Say No to the wrong things and Yes to the right things- Think about all the times you have taken on too much of the "wrong things". Your stress goes through the roof, doesn't it? By learning how to set boundaries with your time and commitments, your stress will lessen.
2. Know your limits...Somethings you cannot change- We do not have control of a lot of things in our world. Keep things in perspective and remember that all you can control is you. If you fret about things out of your control, it might end up controlling you emotionally.
3. Give yourself extra time- Rushing around only makes you feel more stressed. By planning your time ahead or getting up 15 minutes earlier, you can reduce your morning stress.
4. Connect with others for support- Sometimes we feel so alone in our stress. There are usually a lot of people walking the same road as you in life- you just have to find them. Sometimes you can find them at a support group or a forum online that is specific to a topic. If you are feeling alone, it might be time to look for others who share your struggle.
5. Be intentional to have good times with friends- We are made to have companionship. It is a great way to decrease stress and have fun. It is also good to spend time with friends that know you well and that you can be vulnerable with. Be intentional and plan regular times to hang out with friends.
Okay so some of these you can do instantly now that you have read them! Keep checking back each day for more practical tips to help you de-stress.
Written by Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC
Teri Claassen MSW, LCSW, LCAC is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Teri does virtual therapy for residents of Indiana and Florida using videoconferencing technology. Teri enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Teri also does family counseling and adolescent counseling.