Updated: Sep 9
Let's talk about stress!
Is there ever a day that you will not experience tension? Good and bad stress is a thing; however, how you handle it is most important. Do you sometimes run and hide from stress? I mean, genuinely try to distract yourself from it in ways that may help but is only a temporary fix? Stress is inevitable, and you can choose how to reduce it so that it stops having control over how your day and weeks go. Stress can impact your ability to complete tasks, get along with other people, and affect your energy levels. And we need the energy to get through our days!
The one thing that I like to do when feeling stressed is to acknowledge it; yes, it is that simple! If you choose not to address stress, it will always be there waiting for you. So I challenge you all today to say hello to your stress. The same way you greet it is the same way you can release it.
Ever had an annoying neighbor stop by your house or call you randomly when you were not in the mood to chat. You can view stress in that same manner as you do the neighbor. You know that they have good intentions or need to tell you something beneficial for you. You go ahead and listen to them and then find a way to close out the conversation satisfying them. Before you know it, you are doing the next activity without interruptions. It is time to build a healthy relationship with stress since it is here to stick around anyway, the same way that neighbors are :)
Here are some of my favorite go-to stress-relieving activities:
Try a new hairstyle
Wear your favorite colors/clothing look
Go for a massage or attend a spa
Create a bedtime routine
Review your accomplishments
Talk to a friend
Read a book
Go for a walk, run/gym
Listen to music
Write a short story
Sing your favorite song
Reflect on past good memories
Practice and engage in routine spiritual beliefs/rituals
Comment and let myself and others know of some healthy & holistic activities that you engage in to relieve stress!
Shawnee Palmer, LCSW, LAC
Love & Serenity Wellness
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