Tips for managing stress

Tips for managing stress

Stress is a normal response to being in a situation that we feel we can’t manage or control well. We might feel under pressure or overwhelmed.

Stress can be short-term, such as in response to preparing for an exam or perhaps minor surgery. Stress can also be long-term (chronic) when the stressful situation continues for a long period of time without a significant break.

Although stress is a normal human response it can begin to cause problems for us if it becomes chronic.

Signs of Stress

You may begin to notice signs such as:

  • Exhaustion
  • Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
  • Irritability
  • Weakened immune system
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • A negative change in your mood or anxiety levels.

Reducing Stress

Stress is a natural part of life but there are some things that can help reduce your levels of stress:

Problem Solving – dedicate some time to reflect on your difficult situation. Consider if there are any small changes that might help with your stress in some way and aim to prioritise these. Can someone else help implement these changes? Often we cannot change or control the stressful situation and therefore need to accept what is happening, but there might be small parts that we can have some control over.

Be kind to yourself – reflect on whether or not you have taken on too many responsibilities or if you might need to adjust your expectations of yourself or others. It is very important to be able to say “No” to commitments at times so you can focus on what is important.

Exercise – even though your body might feel exhausted a short walk can really calm your nervous system and provide a mini break from your situation. Find what works for you.

Sleep – prioritise your sleep and sleep routine as this will help your mind and body function as best it can. You can take a look at our recent videos for more tips to help with sleep.

Eating Healthy – yes we have all heard this but it is so true. Drinking plenty of water and ensuring a good dose of fruit and veg can also help our body function under stress. Being mindful of alcohol and drug use is also important.

Take a break – even when faced with the most important stressors it is OK to take some time away from your challenges. In fact – it can really help! Taking a short break to do something you enjoy or catch up with a friend, can help fill your cup and even rejuvenate yourself so that you can continue to deal with your situation and responsibilities.

Talk to someone – it can feel very hard to share our difficulties with others but finding a supportive friend or family member to discuss your stress can really help. If you are unsure about this you may like to consider professional support, especially if your stress is ongoing.

Keep an eye out for further information on how to manage stress or don’t hesitate to contact us at Prosper Health Collective to discuss your needs.

Karri Stewart

Karri is a Clinical Psychologist who works with children, adolescents and adults on a wide range of presenting problems. When working with clients she endeavours to tailor treatments to individual client needs by incorporating the interests and strengths of clients with best practice treatment guidelines.