How To Relieve Stress

23rd September 2020, 9:23am | By catherinerussell |

 

 

How To Relieve Stress: 34 Comments From Therapists, Psychologists & People Who’ve Overcome Stress

Stress is staggeringly common in the US, with an earlier study from the American Psychological Association showing that 77% of people “regularly experience physical symptoms caused by stress” and 33% of people “feel they are living with extreme stress” — and in the current climate, those numbers could be even worse today.

For the many people who suffer from stress, this is a compilation of comments on how to relieve stress that therapists, psychologists, social workers and other professionals who have extensive experience treating patients with stress have sent us, as well as comments from various people who have found a method for dealing with their stress that helps them. I’ve summarized the main point in each comment below, along with a link to the full comment(s) for each point:

  • Practice deep breathing exercises (linklink)
  • Go through a process of listing your stresses, consider what has worked in the past, and examine resources, supports and resiliency skills (link)
  • We may hold stress in our physical bodies in addition to the mind, and you might like to consider a therapist trained things like visceral manipulation and craniosacral therapy (link)
  • Develop strong relationships (link) and try to let yourself be surrounded by your loved ones (link)
  • Stress is often a result of habitual patterns of behavior, and it’s possible to teach your brain to switch focus to a chosen new response (link)
  • Practice mindfulness (linklink)
  • Implement self-care into your routine where you schedule daily time for you to do something that makes you happy (link). It’s great if that’s something creative (linklink). And don’t feel bad
  • Exercise (linklink), and consider doing it outside (link)
  • Take a short trip in your mind with guided imagery (link)
  • Remember that no matter what happens, you always have a choice in how to respond (link)
  • Notice your stress and accept it (link). You can label your feelings (link)
  • Get up early and meditate (linklink)
  • Write every worry you have down, divide them into those you can control and those you can’t, and chip away at the things you can control (linklink)
  • Take cold showers (link)
  • Plan ahead (link)
  • If your stress is a result of feeling overwhelmed from having too much to do, a project management app might help (link)
  • Disconnect from technology when you can and focus on real face-to-face relationships (link)
  • Working from home might help you (if you can work from home) (link)
  • Find ways to laugh, and if you can, laugh at what stresses you (link)
  • If you can, physically remove yourself from the stressful environment you find yourself in (link)

 

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