Stress is a normal reaction when changes occur; you may experience physical, emotional, or even intellectual responses as a result of it. We wrote about stress earlier this year in our blog which you can find here. Today, we've got some stress management tools that can help you deal with things in a healthy manner.
Keeping a stress journal can help you identify stressors that are causing you grief. It can highlight unconscious patterns and habits in your daily life that are no longer serving you, and help bring positive and productive change. Over time you can look back and see what strategies were successful and what didn't work. It doesn't have to be overly complicated either, keep it short and simple so that journaling doesn't feel like a chore.
Establish a relaxing bedtime routine to help unwind and shake off the tension of daily stress. The last hour before bed should consist of mellow activities that do not involve screens. An article from Harvard Medical notes that blue light emitted from electronic screens affects sleep and suppresses the secretion of melatonin; a hormone produced in the brain that helps regulate the circadian rhythm. Instead of browsing or watching something at night, make a hot cup of non-caffeinated tea and immerse yourself in a good book. Sometimes the best show is the original TV, reading and using our imaginations!
Part of your bedtime routine can consist of a few relaxing activities:
If you've noticed that you are experiencing prolonged stress, anxiety, or depression, consider booking an appointment with one of our GOeVisit practitioners!
Please note that the anxiety, depression, stress interview is intended for initial assessment only. Any ongoing treatment resulting from the diagnosis and treatment plan will need to be carried out by a primary care provider or with a mental health professional.
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