Thursday, 23 July 2020

Dealing with stress


All of us (adults, teens, and even children) experience stress. Stress can be defined as a reaction to a situation where a person feels threatened or anxious. There are many things that lead to stress, both positive (e.g. moving to a bigger house) or negative (e.g. dealing with grieve). Knowing healthy ways of dealing with stress can help in managing the signs of stress as well as identify, reduce, and remove stressful factors affecting you. 

An important step in dealing with stress is to identify signs of stress. Reactions to a stress come in different forms and may include:

  • Behavioral 

    • Smoking or use of alcohol or drugs

    • Change in activity levels, eating habits and sleep patterns 

    • Difficulty expressing yourself

  • Emotional

    • Feeling sad, frustrated, and helpless

    • Denial, restlessness and anxiety

  • Cognitive 

    • Difficulty concentrating and making decisions

    • Forgetfulness, disorientation 

    • Nightmares, flashbacks

  • Physical

    • Headaches, back pains, and stomach upsets

    • Menstrual cycle changes

    • Difficulty catching your breath

  • Social

    • Withdrawing or isolating from people

    • Impatient with or disrespectful to others

    • Feeling betrayed or abandoned by God

Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals

  • Avoid drugs and alcohol and drink more water

  • Exercise. Regular exercise can lift your mood

  • Get plenty of sleep

  • Rest. Even if you can’t sleep, rest your body

  • Talk to others. Talk about your feelings, thoughts, frustrations with others. Make it a priority to build stronger and more satisfying relationships

  • Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out

  • Call for help when you need it. If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to a psychologist or a professional counselor

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