We all experience stress—there’s just no way around it sometimes. This week we are sharing a few tips to help alleviate stress in some areas that you can control. 11. Sleep- This one may seem obvious, but the average American does not get enough sleep. Sleep can impact everything- from our physical health, depression, anxiety, and even our ability to cope with stress! Make sure you establish a healthy sleep pattern by going to bed at the same time every night, planning for 7-8 hours of sleep, and eliminating distractions in your bedroom.
12. Exercise-Another obvious one! Exercise really is a natural anti-depressant. When you exercise, your brain releases endorphins, which can help to decrease your stress. It really is true-no one ever regrets a good work-out! It also can boost your immunity to illness and increase your energy level.
13. Go to church- Those that attend a church service of some kind tend to feel less stressed. This can be for a variety of reasons— because you share your burdens with others, have a community of supporters, and have a higher power to help you cope. Praying can also help alleviate stress.
14. Take baby steps-If you tend to get overwhelmed by your to-do list, this one’s for you! Take a big project and break it down into smaller, more achievable steps. Sometimes just taking it one step at a time can help decrease the stress. Make lists and check things off so that you feel a sense of accomplishment.
15. Multi-task- Kill two birds with one stone when possible. This can be as simple as going for an evening walk with the dog, your spouse, and your children. You get exercise, the dog gets exercise, your spouse gets exercise, the kids get exercise, AND you can spend quality time with your family catching up from the day.
Keep reading this week as we discuss more tips to reduce your stress!
Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.