We all face stressors in various ways throughout our days and lives. Stress can have impact on our physical, emotional, and mental health.
How do you feel the effects on your mind and body when the stress is mounting?
How have you managed stress in the past?
When we are wanting to start managing stress it’s important to do a stress inventory. This just means taking a step back and looking at your life to see what areas are causing you increased stress. Here are some questions to reflect on.
What areas of your life are causing the most stress?
What areas of your life are least stressful?
Is there a change that has happened recently that is stressful?
In the brochure pictured below I wrote about the five categories for managing stress. I wanted to discuss these in this post!
- Changing our behavior: this could mean setting boundaries, changing our responsibilities, scheduling breaks, and making time for activities you enjoy.
- Engage in Physical Activity: this could be in an active form of doing exercise, going outside, or getting a massage. This could also be done in a passive form of meditation, deep breathing, or stretching.
- Tune Into Your Feelings: to do this you could consider journaling, talking with a friend, or listening to music.
- Think Positive: practice positive self-talk, gratitude, and positive thinking.
- Strength in Faith: activities to do this are different for all of us. Some ideas could be praying, singing, or reading scripture.