8 Tips to DE-STRESS

Thursday, November 29, 2012

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Women work hard, carry extra burdens, and are often the ones who take care of others. This adds up to extra stress. Too much stress over long periods of time can lead to physical discomforts (e.g., headaches and joints, stomach, and back pain), negative moods (e.g., irritable, depressed and anxious), and can cause even more stress!

Here are some tips to help you DE-STRESS:

  1. Develop and try new coping methods. Instead of taking a “smoke break,” go for a "walk break" and check out our 4 Ways to Relax.

  2. Exercise regularly. Exercise releases "feel good" hormones so you're better able to cope.

  3. Sing, dance, listen to uplifting music, or go play—give yourself permission to take a break!

  4. Train yourself to be aware of when you’re stressed and how stress is affecting you. Sometimes simply acknowledging the situation and your feelings can lessen the intensity.

  5. Re-charge by getting a good night’s sleep!

  6. Evaluate the sources of stress in your life and allow yourself to say, “No.” Prioritize your “To Dos” by focusing on the “Must Dos” and maybe even drop some of the “Should Dos.”

  7. Start to single-task. By focusing on one thing at a time you will become more efficient and feel less overwhelmed.

  8. Seek the support and advice of trusted friends, family members, and anyone else to help you cope. Check out When Things Get Tough: Who Ya’ Gonna Call for more on tapping this resource. And consider seeing a counselor or therapist if life is feeling overwhelming.

Try out one to two of these tips to DE-STRESS—or make up some of your own. Let us know how it goes and tell us your story on FacebookExit Disclaimer!

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