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Taking Care of Yourself

Remember that you are deserving of care and prioritize yourself during stressful periods – it's an investment in your overall happiness and well-being. Acknowledge that you're doing your best and be gentle with yourself during challenging times.

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Taking Care of Yourself When Things Are Stressful

Life can be overwhelming at times, and we all face periods of stress and pressure. Whether it's due to work, relationships, or personal challenges, it's crucial to prioritize self-care during such moments. Taking care of yourself not only helps you navigate difficult times more effectively but also promotes your overall well-being and resilience. In this blog, we will explore practical strategies to take care of yourself when things are stressful.

Recognize and acknowledge your feelings

The first step in taking care of yourself during stressful times is to recognize and acknowledge your emotions. Allow yourself to feel whatever you're experiencing without judgment. Give yourself permission to experience sadness, frustration, or anger. Ignoring or suppressing your emotions can make stress worse. Instead, try journaling, talking to a trusted friend, or seeking professional support to process your feelings.

Prioritize self-care activities

Self-care is essential when you're under stress. Make time for activities that bring you joy and help you relax. It can be as simple as taking a walk in nature, reading a book, listening to music, or practicing mindfulness and meditation. Engaging in hobbies or creative pursuits can also be a great way to channel your energy and find solace during challenging times.

Maintain a healthy lifestyle

When you're stressed, it's easy to neglect your physical well-being. However, taking care of your body is crucial for managing stress effectively. Aim for a balanced diet, ensuring you're consuming nourishing foods that provide energy and support your immune system. Regular exercise is also beneficial as it releases endorphins, reduces tension, and improves your overall mood. Additionally, prioritize good sleep hygiene by establishing a consistent bedtime routine and creating a calm sleep environment.

Practice relaxation techniques

Incorporate relaxation techniques into your daily routine to combat stress. Deep breathing exercises, progressive muscle relaxation, and guided imagery can help you relax your mind and body. Consider exploring activities like yoga or tai chi, which combine movement and mindfulness to reduce stress. Experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you.

Set boundaries and learn to say no

During stressful times, it's crucial to set boundaries and learn to say no. Be mindful of your limits and don't take on more than you can handle. Saying no to additional commitments or requests that overwhelm you is an act of self-care. Prioritize your well-being and focus on tasks and activities that truly matter to you.

Connect with others

Seek support from your friends, family, or support groups when you're going through a stressful period. Sharing your feelings and concerns with trusted individuals can provide relief and a fresh perspective. Surround yourself with positive and supportive people who uplift you. If needed, consider professional counseling or therapy to gain further guidance and support.

Take breaks and practice self-compassion

Remember to take regular breaks, both mentally and physically, to recharge and rejuvenate. Engage in activities that help you disconnect from stressors, even if it's just for a few moments each day. Additionally, practice self-compassion by treating yourself with kindness and understanding. Acknowledge that you're doing your best and be gentle with yourself during challenging times.

Putting It All Together

Taking care of yourself during stressful periods is essential for maintaining your well-being and resilience. By recognizing your emotions, prioritizing self-care activities, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, practicing relaxation techniques, setting boundaries, connecting with others, and practicing self-compassion, you can navigate challenging times with more ease. Remember that you are deserving of care and prioritize yourself during stressful periods – it's an investment in your overall happiness and well-being.

Understanding Stress & Helpful Tips

Stress is the body's reaction to any change that requires an adjustment or response. The body reacts to these changes with physical, mental, and emotional responses. In simple terms, stress occurs when something is impacting us… mostly based on the fear of the unknown.

This short video featuring Bob Monserrate (Stress Management Counselor) reminds us stress is inevitable. Stress happens because life simply impacts us in many ways that we can’t control

20 Helpful Tips

What are ways that you can help yourself to cope better at work when things are stressful?

Take a one minute break by closing your eyes and taking 60 deep breaths

Take a walk outside at lunch

Walk away from conversations that are escalating and come back if needed at a later time

Pay attention to what you listen to for music at work – choose something that uplifts

Don’t watch the news at work

Be realistic about what you can accomplish and ask for help if needed

Get a good nights sleep

Eat well, balance your nutrition to avoid energy crashes

Post an uplifting quote, story or picture above your desk

If you are feeling overwhelmed, make a plan on how to move forward

Write a list of 10 positive skills you bring to your work

Bring nature into your work with photographs or flowers

Help someone else, it will lift your spirits

Walk over to talk with a colleague instead of emailing

Journal to capture feelings and emotions

Set-up a coffee with someone you admire at work

Change up your routine by how to get to work

Meet new people by sitting with different people at lunch

Be willing to say “I don’t want to talk about that at work”

Avoid drugs and alcohol

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