In today’s busy world and the pace at which we go about our daily lives, stress is seemingly unavoidable. How we go about our lives, and perhaps more importantly, how we deal with common stressors however is still very much in our control. Below you will find some stress management tips from our Behavioral Health professionals.
While there is certainly no “one-size-fits-all” approach to stress management, there are some common practices that might be of assistance as you navigate the nuances of how you react to certain stressors.
- Breath – At first glance this may be a bit elementary, but a few strategic deep breathes might be all that is needed to help get past a stressful situation. When this happens, pay attention to the cause of the stress and how quickly you’re able gain composure via your breathing. Understanding the situation and your response can be very helpful for later.
- Sleep – The amount of sleep needed per night varies per individual. With this, studies have continually shown that people on average need about 8 hours of sleep per night. Understanding the amount of sleep you need is just as important as the quality of sleep you get per night. Light from the TV has the same color frequency as daylight, triggering your brain to think it’s not time for bed. Turning the TV off 30 minutes prior to bedtime allows for your brain to get ready for sleep and as a result helps achieve a quality resting period.
- Exercise – More and more research is suggesting that regular exercise is as good for our minds as it is for our bodies. Accordingly, stressful periods in our lives could be mitigated by simply taking a brisk 20 minute walk. On an ongoing basis, it is recommended that you get 30 minutes of exercise at least three times a week, if not more!
- Turn off the electronics – Staying connected is at the heart of our FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) decision making pathway. The urgency at which we think we need to respond to something has become a common trigger for stress in today’s world. While social media platforms and the devices used to interact with them are increasingly becoming a part of today’s communications, establishing a time each day to completely turn off your TV, phone, tablet or computer is one simple way to eliminate this trigger.
While these tools are certainly not the only ways we can reduce stress, they are a good place to start. Understanding how to reduce stress when it occurs is important. It’s also good to understand the cause. Once you become more aware of your common stress triggers, you’ll have a better understanding of which tactics work best for the situation.
If you or someone you know would like to learn more about stress management or any of our other services we provide at Sunrise Community Behavioral Health, click here. Or give us a call at one of our four regional offices:
- Snohomish County – (425) 493-5800 or 1-877-493-5890 (toll-free)
- Skagit County – (360) 336-3762 or 1-866-634-3039 (toll-free)
- Island County – (360) 544-3888
- Whatcom County – (360) 746-7200