Almost everyone experiences stress in one way or another. Whether you’re stressed about starting a new job, looking for work, managing your finances or raising a family, all of your feelings are understandable and normal. Many Americans have also been affected by the stress of the coronavirus pandemic and the upheaval that it’s brought to daily life.
While experiencing stress is a natural part of life, you can learn how to reduce stress and better manage it. The first step is to understand it.
Causes of Stress
Feelings of fear and anxiety related to your health — and your family’s health — can lead to stress. Unexpected or negative changes in your life can also bring it on. These can include losing a job, getting a divorce or experiencing a traumatic event.
Proven Stress Management Tips
The good news is that no matter what kind of stress you are experiencing, there are plenty of effective ways to manage it. Here are some methods you may find helpful:
- Take care of yourself. Eat healthy, well-balanced meals; exercise regularly; get plenty of sleep and take breaks from deep concentration.
- Talk to others. Share how you are feeling with someone you trust. This could be a family member, friend, counselor or anybody else you feel comfortable with.
- Try a relaxing activity. Scheduling relaxing activities such as yoga and meditation into your daily routine is a great way to make sure you are taking breaks to reconnect with how you are feeling.
- Unplug. If you think that the news and social media may be adding to your stress, try to disconnect for a while and have some quiet time.
- Reach out for help. If your stress continues or worsens, talk to a psychologist, counselor or online therapist. Licensed providers are experienced in managing stress and can help you find strategies that work for you.
You can get through this. If you need guidance or simply someone to talk to, visit with a therapist online using LiveHealth Online. Hundreds of licensed psychologists, social workers and counselors are waiting to help you.