STRESS!!! We all could probably raise our hands and say that we have it and know that it is not a good thing. Did you know that 1/3 of Americans believe they are living with extreme stress- and most feel it’s taking a toll on their home and work life! That’s horrible, but what can we do about it?!?!
To start off, you may want to find out how much you actually know about stress. To do so, take a Stress IQ test courtesy of WedMD.
Why all this fuss about stress? Well, April is National Stress Awareness Month. So, here are some Techniques for Handling Stress in the Moment:
- Recognize your stress signals. Does your neck stiffen? Do your palms start sweating?
- Try talking to yourself in a calm and logical way to inject some more positivity into the situation. Say things like ‘I can handle this’or ‘I’m going to calm down before I react.’
- Take a few deep breaths. Observe your breathing and don’t let it become shallow and quick. This will help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for a more chilled mode of existence.
- If you can, talk to someone. Talking about things is a great stress relief.
- Stress is contagious. Don’t project stress onto others and don’t take on other people’s stress. There is only as much as one person can handle. When in a conversation, talk in a gentle and calm manner, which will affect both you and the person you’re engaging with.
To help you on a more frequent basis, check out these DAILY Steps for Less Stress:
1. Manage Your Time
2. Prepare for the Day
3. Enjoy the Little Things
4. Move Often
5. Laugh Often
6. Enjoy Nature and Creativity
7. Breathe Deeply
8. Meditate Daily
9. Keep a Joy Journal
10. Sleep Well!
Books in the Library on Stress:
Stress Less Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Positive Force in Your Life Proquest eBook Central
Mindfulness Pocketbook: Little Exercises for a Calmer Life Proquest eBook Central
Worried Sick: How Stress Hurts Us and How to Bounce Back RA785 .C37 2014
If you have any tips for dealing with stress, let us know! We would love to share them with our readers.