10 tips for dealing with stress

Stress is our body’s way of dealing with thing it sees as threats. It’s how we prepare to run away from or confront danger. Unfortunately, many things that trigger stress in our lives today aren’t things that we can fight or flee.

If stress continues, it can become chronic and can lead to other problems, including anxiety, depression, and even physical ailments.

You can take some practical steps to prevent, combat, and cope with stress, as well as maintain physical and mental health. Here are 10 tips to deal with stress:

  1. When you’re feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope, thinking about suicide, or turning to substance abuse, seek out a licensed mental health practitioner.
  2. Address any current health problems.
  3. Stay close to your support base, like friends, family, work, or church associates.
  4. Know your body’s responses to stress, such as insomnia, substance use, anger, depression, or low energy.
  5. Prioritize your life. Know what needs to get done and what can wait. Learn to say no to new tasks, especially if you feel overwhelmed.
  6. Be fair to yourself. Remember what you’ve accomplished, not what you failed to do.
  7. Don’t dwell on problems. If you feel a problem is insurmountable, get assistance from a mental health professional who will advise you.
  8. Exercise. Even 30 minutes a day of gentle walking can elevate your mood and reduce stress.
  9. Ensure you have regular times when you can engage in healthy, relaxing activities.
  10. Investigate various stress coping regimens like meditation, yoga, tai chi, or prayer.

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