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Stressed? Here's Help

Feeling STRESSED? Here's help…

Tips on managing stress

Take note / keep track of what’s going on when you feel stressed. What’s happening now, what happened before? Try to understand what triggers your stress reactions.

Journal your thoughts, feelings and ideas. Be sure to hand write your journal, not on computer, phone, etc.

Identify the underlying feelings, thoughts and physical reactions behind stress, and find long-term solutions. For example, it may not be tight deadlines that bother you but your expectations that you should be perfect and your fear of loss of control.

Explore options for your personal life, such as reducing or eliminating sources of stress and increasing self-care such as going to the gym or exercising more regularly, cutting back on caffeine, getting more sleep.

Explore options to make work-life balance easier. Don’t work through your lunch and eat at your desk.
Take your lunch break, get out of the office or workplace and go for a walk or to a different place. Talk to friends or coworkers.

Make a to do list. Break big projects into manageable tasks. Do one thing at a time. Focus on and celebrate your accomplishments.

Ask for help! Be determined to graciously accept the help of others.
Discuss and negotiate areas of concern.

Create or work on a budget, if you have financial worries. Ask for help if needed.

Prioritize what is important and make choices

Practice relaxation on a regular basis. Mindfulness meditation - Learn to focus on one thing at a time. Clear your workspace or your head as you practice dealing with one thing at a time.

Larry G. Pardy CD RSW BSc. HBSW MDiv.
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