Dealing with Stress
Dealing with Stress: Steps To Take
Everyone—adults, teens, and even children—experiences stress at times. Stress is a condition that is often characterized by symptoms of physical or emotional tension. It is a reaction to a situation where a person feels overwhelmed, threatened &/or anxious. Stress can be positive (e.g., preparing for a wedding) or negative (e.g., sickness of a loved one).
The problem with stress is get can interfere with our ability to take care of ourselves and our family. Using healthy ways to cope and getting the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings and symptoms subside.
Healthy Ways to Cope with Stress
Feeling emotional and nervous or having trouble sleeping and eating can all be normal reactions to stress. Engaging in healthy activities and getting the right care and support can put problems in perspective and help stressful feelings subside in a few days or weeks. Some tips for beginning to feel better are:
Take care of yourself.
o Eat healthy, well-balanced meals
o Exercise on a regular basis
o Get plenty of sleep
o Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out
·Talk to others. Share your problems and how you are feeling and coping with a parent, friend, counselor, doctor, or pastor.
· Avoid drugs and alcohol. Drugs and alcohol may seem to help with the stress. In the long run, they create additional problems and increase the stress you are already feeling.
· Take a break. If your stress is caused by a national or local event, take breaks from listening to the news stories, which can increase your stress.
· Pray & read the Bible. (see:xxxx)
Recognize when you need more help.
If problems continue or you are thinking about suicide, talk to your physician or a mental health provider.
If there is any benefit to stress it is that stress can motivate us to develop the skills we need to cope with and adapt to new and potentially stressful situations throughout life.
If you or someone you know needs immediate help, please contact the one of the following crisis hotlines:
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (1-888-628-9454 for Spanish-speaking callers)
· Youth Mental Health Line: 1-888-568-1112
· Child-Help USA: 1-800-422-4453 (24 hour toll free) Coping With Stress