Stress can be an overwhelming and inevitable part of our daily lives. Here to talk about how to cope is Keri Offenstein from Two Roads Wellness Clinic.
What are the different types of stress?
Many different things can lead to someone feeling overwhelmed in their life, including:
* Physical/medical problems
* Job difficulties
* Financial difficulties
* Relationship problems
* Family and parenting issues
* Everyday pressures to keep up—with messages, emails, people, meetings, etc
* The accumulation of several small stressors
What problems can occur due to stress?
* Stress is a major contributor to heart disease, the number one leading cause of death in Americans
* Strained relationships—we may feel we never have enough time to truly focus on any one person or thing
* Difficulties with sleep, which can lead to other health issues
* Exacerbation of mental health issues such as anxiety or depression
* Stress puts our body into “fight or flight” mode, leading to impaired immune and digestive systems
* Causes physical aches and pains, stiffness, and headaches
* Leads to less of an ability to handle minor obstacles and frustrations
What are some tips for dealing with stress?
* Get support, talk to others
* Reduce your workload
* Schedule time for yourself to gain back a sense of work/life balance
* Cut back on technology use in order to limit reminders, messages, and other types of notifications
* Write out what is stressing you: seeing it can sometimes give you more objectivity
* Let go of the expectation of being perfect
* Make a priority list: ask yourself for each item on your list if it will matter to you in 5 years
* Find time for comedy
* Find relief in nature and in meditation
* Break down overwhelming tasks into smaller ones so you can feel a sense of accomplishment
* Delegate! Get help with your responsibilities—at home, work, etc
* Take small (even 3-5 minute) breaks throughout the day
* It’s okay to say “no” to things you do not have time for