This will be part one of a 4 part series. More will be added if needed.
Stress management is a HUGE topic. It is one of the most researched topics ever. If you struggle with stress or anxiety I really hope this post can help you in some way!
***DISCLAIMER: I AM NOT A HEALTH PROFESSIONAL AT ALL. I HAVE RESEARCHED THIS TOPIC IN GREAT DETAIL FOR THIS SERIES, BUT PLEASE SEEK PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE PRIOR TO BEGINNING ANY FORM OF STRESS MANAGEMENT OR FOR ANY DIAGNOSTIC PURPOSES. THIS IS NOT MEANT TO REPLACE ANY MEDICAL ADVICE AND SHOULD BE UTILIZED ONLY AS A SOURCE OF INFORMATION!***
First thing that you will need to do is to figure out if the stress is a “one time” type of thing or if it is a chronic stress. The type of stress that you are facing greatly determines how often you will need to practice stress reduction, and what type of stress reduction techniques you will need to utilize. If, for example, it is a new stress but one that will be a constant stress for a bit, you will need to practice stress reduction techniques at least once a day for quite awhile. If you’re stressed because of an upcoming deadline at work, you might only need to do them once or twice. Your situation is entirely different than anyone else’s situation so please don’t compare your stress to anyone else’s stress. If you have chronic stress, you may need a medication to help out, or perhaps you will need more than one medication. Whatever you need to do to take care of yourself, please do so.
One of the most common issues that I have found with my research is lack of several things. Lack of sleep. Lack of a good diet. Lack of exercise. Lack of support system. Lack of acknowledgement or validation of what you do. Lack of connection. Lack of communication. It all seems to stem from a lack of something with constant stress. If we aren’t taking care of ourselves and seeking out everything that we need, our bodies eventually send a signal of “enough is enough, I need you to care about ME for a bit here.” and that’s when you start to see all the signs show up of stress. The funny thing about most of these things is that if one starts to slip, the others seem to follow suit. If you’re stressed and you don’t take care of yourself, your sleep starts to suffer. If your sleep suffers, your diet tends to get worse. If you’re not sleeping or eating properly you really don’t have the motivation to work out. And the spiral continues. One always has bearing on the rest.
So, how can we recognize what is going on with us, and what can we do about it?
This series will aim to show you just that. If you feel that you are suffering from stress or burnout, please don’t hesitate to contact your doctor, mental health, or even a trusted friend. Seek assistance in overcoming it, or at least in the day to day of getting through it.
Until Next Time… Take Care Of Yourselves ~C