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[Wellness Wednesday] 10 Tips For Managing Stress

Happy Wednesday everyone! For this week’s Wellness Wednesday, ย I thought we’d talk a little about managing stress. Chronic stress – ongoing, day-after-day, week-after-week stress – can wreak havoc, not just on our emotional wellness but on our physical wellness as well.

As I mentioned in my post Storms and Floods and Bats – Oh My! we can’t control everything around us and we can never completely eliminate all stress from our lives so learning to deal constructively with it is crucial. Doing this can help us to develop resilience, feel more positive, and give us the ability to handle whatever challenges arise.

Stress Management Tips

1. Identify your stress triggers.

According to the Mayo Clinic, this needs to be the first step in our stress management plan. This makes sense – in any process improvement, the first step is to identify the problem. The same goes with handling stress. We have to figure out what the “problem” or “trigger” is. What sets off your stress response? Is it job pressures, health issues, financial worries? Whatever it is, once we’ve identified our triggers, the next step is to figure out strategies for dealing with them.

2. Get outside.

Now if you’re a wimp like me, getting outside this time of year might not be a very attractive proposition, but on those nice days, being out in nature can improve your mood and reduce stress. The American Heart Association has a great article, 10 Ways To Relax In Nature and Stress Less. If you need some ideas, be sure and check it out.

3. Use a technique called reframing.

According to Psychology Today, reframing “is a mental activity that involves looking at a stressor or negative situation and explaining it (realistically and honestly) in a positive or neutral way.” Remember when we talked about dealing with those ANTs? We can reframe, as Dr. Amen suggests, by writing down the negative thought and turning it into a positive, but we can also use critical thinking skills to look at the problem from various angles.

4. Improve your planning.

Having a plan and sticking to it (as much as possible, anyway) can help us feel we have more control over a given situation. Planning helps us break the larger problem down into smaller parts, which helps us to just take it one step at a time. ย It can also help us feel more hopeful, as we feel we have some direction. This can be particularly helpful when our stressors are things like finances or work requirements.

5. Learn relaxation techniques.

There are lots of different techniques that have been developed to help us learn to relax. Some of these include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and mindfulness meditation. What works for one person doesn’t always work for another, so we often have to experiment a little to find what is most helpful.

6. Be grateful.

‘Counting our blessings’ can help reduce our stress by reminding us of all the things we have to be thankful for. It can also remind us that we’ve been through difficult situations (and perhaps experienced the same stressors) before, and we made it through. This helps us feel more confident that we can make it through the current situation as well.

7. Find an activity you really love.

Having an activity we really love – making art, reading, writing, scrapbooking, playing a sport, listening to music – can help us manage stress by giving us something else to concentrate on. When we’re feeling stressed-out or down, doing something we enjoy can lift our mood and help us feel more positive.

8. Live a healthy lifestyle.

Fueling our bodies properly and keeping them moving is crucial to being able to handle the demands stress places on them.

9. Develop a forgiving style.

According to Psychology Today, “the strength of forgiveness has been shown to have a powerful buffering effect on stress.” This forgiveness is not only for others, but for ourselves as well.

10. Ask for help if you need it.

Too often, we get caught up in an, “I should be able to handle this so I’m not going to ask for help” philosophy. Our society tells us we need to be independent, that we shouldn’t need to depend on others, but that’s just not true. We were created to be in relationship, and to help one another out. Whether it’s asking for help with doing household chores to reduce stress centered around our ‘to do’ list or seeing a professional for help learning to deal with stress in general, we never have to suffer alone. We should never feel bad about reaching out for help if we need it.

For more stress management tips and techniques, please check out the resources listed in this earlier Wellness Wednesday post.

What helps you the most when dealing with stressful situations? Please share your top tips!

Blessings,

~Terri

Sources:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/basics/stress-relief/hlv-20049495

https://www.heart.org/en/healthy-living/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/10-ways-to-relax-in-nature-and-stress-less

https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/what-matters-most/201701/10-new-strategies-stress-management

40 comments

  1. These are all great tips! I do try and use them all, but sometimes I need reminding, so thank you. ๐Ÿ™‚ My top tip though if I’m really stressed: take a nap. ๐Ÿ™‚ xxx

    1. Thanks so much Heather! Naps are the greatest, aren’t they? I’m glad you find them helpful for dealing with your stress. Hope you and Dizzy are doing well. Hugs!

    1. Thank you George! You’re so right about us not liking to ask for help. I’ve always been fiercely independent and I hate to ask for help, but I’m learning that it’s what I need to do sometimes. I think I’m getting better with that, though my hubby might disagree.๐Ÿ˜Š Hope you and Sandy are doing well!

      1. I am okay. Exhausted and ready to go home, but had a nice visit with my Mom, who is much better. Thanks for asking. Are you getting snow there? We have had snow squalls today.

      2. I’m so glad to hear your Mom is doing much better. I’m sure that’s in part because you were there. I know it’s exhausting for you, though, so I hope you’re able to get home and get some good rest soon. We’re supposed to get snow on Saturday and Sunday. I am so NOT looking forward to that! Sending hugs your way!

    1. Thanks so much Mishka! Self-care is so important, though it often gets relegated to the bottom of our to-do list, doesn’t it? Wishing you your best year yet!

  2. another amazingly helpful post Terri, thank you so very much for putting this together. one of my goals for this year is to get outside more. this evening i had to run some errands and as i would walk out into a parking lot i would look up into the lights and watch the snow fall. it was so beautiful, despite the bitter cold. i did feel more refreshed and peaceful then before i left. thanks again for teaching us! bless you!

    1. Oh Wendi, you’re way too kind! You’re braver than I am, running errands in the snow.๐Ÿ˜Š I’m glad you had the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the falling snow, and that it gave you that feeling of peace and refreshment. Blessings to you sweet friend!

    1. Thank you so much Christy! I’m glad you found them useful. I always love starting a new year, so I’m enjoying this one so far. I hope you are too, and that this upcoming year is your best yet!

  3. These ideas are so good. Iโ€™ve really worked on the refraining part. But all of these ideas for reducing stress should definitely be tried. I think it takes more than one idea to reduce stress, a bagful of stress busters is so much better. Great post! ~kim๐Ÿ˜Š

    1. Thanks so much Kim! I agree with you — I think it most often takes a combination of things to manage our stress, especially as stressors come in so many different forms. I’ve also found that during different seasons of my life, what works at one time may not work at another. Hugs!

    1. Thanks so much for sharing your tips Marie! You’re so right that time can change everything. Now if I can just remember that in the moment, I’ll be a lot better off.๐Ÿ˜Š Sending hugs!

  4. Fantastic tips, Terri! I struggle with stress a lot, typically self-induced stress with chronic-overthinking. I tend to overthink but also over-plan. Letting go of perfectionism and the need for everything to be ‘just right’ is one thing I’d add, and learning to let go of the things you can’t control, as well as working on being more decisive. I think finding something you love as an outlet and working on relaxation are great suggestions in the fight against stress ๐Ÿ™‚
    Caz xx

    1. Thanks so much Caz, and thank you for sharing your tips. I’d say most of my stress is self-induced from chronic overthinking also, and a lot of it could be solved from taking your advice of letting go of perfectionism and control. I hope you have better luck with that than I do. ๐Ÿ˜ Sending love and hugs your way!

    1. Thanks so much Mary Hope! I love being outside also, as long as the weather’s nice. Nature is my happy place, but I’m such a wimp I only stay outside if it’s warm out.๐Ÿ˜ I hope your year is off to a great start. Blessings to you!

    1. Thanks so much for your comment Sierra! I hope at least one of them turns out to be one that works great for you!

    1. Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind words. Thanks also for the follow – I look forward to getting to know you!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment Kristie! Thanks also for the follow – I look forward to getting to know you.

  5. Stress is something where either weโ€™re too much filled up or weโ€™re too empty to do something. Itโ€™s a feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure and everyone has their own ways to get rid of stress.
    One may not be in the mood to meditate during stress as our thoughts are racing though meditation is one of the best ways to reduce stress. One also may at times face relationship-stress where breathing exercises is not the solution but breathing exercises is again the ideal ways to take out stress; communicating with your partner is what will get a solution in such a situation.
    I’ve just done a post on how to get rid of stress. Do take a look and let me know what you feel: http://thesoultalks10.com/how-to-get-rid-of-stress/

    1. Thank you for your comment. Stress is something most of us deal with in our day-to-day life, and learning to manage it can improve our lives in many ways.

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