by Terri Mooney-Hooker, Administrative Coordinator
Stress. Mostly everyone knows that word all too well. How does it affect you? How can one manage it? What are the best ways to deal with that awful feeling? Our Wellness Team did some research and is pleased to pass on some ways to acknowledge and manage stress which we hope you will find helpful in your daily lives.
Sometimes, stress can seem overwhelming. According to the American Heart Association, it can cause aches and pains – such as headaches, backaches, stomach aches, just to name a few. Stress can also contribute to anxiety, depression, and even anger. When we are not aware of stress or we try to avoid it, we may become easily irritated and impatient- with others, as well as with ourselves.
What can we do about it? The American Heart Association recommends trying positive self-talk. Self-talk is when we talk to ourselves not out loud but in our heads. It’s what we tell ourselves, and makes a noticeable impact on how we feel. Here are some great examples of positive self-talk:
- “I’ve got this!”
- “I can get help if I need it.”
- “Things could be worse.”
- “Some day I’ll laugh about this.”
- “I’ll do the best I can.”
Try telling yourself these affirmations, or pick one of your own. Believe it or not, this can help relieve stress and improve your mood. Self-talk in the car, before you go to bed, at your desk, or whenever you notice any negative thoughts creeping in.
Other ways to help calm down in a stressful situation include:
- Count to 10 before you speak
- Take three to five deep breaths
- Go for a walk
- Don’t be afraid to say “I’m sorry,” if you make a mistake
- Consider meditation or prayer
There are other ways to help one deal with feeling stressed or experiencing a stressful situation.
- Talk with family and friends. Connecting to others can do wonders.
- Engage in daily physical activity. Not only will this help to de-stress, but it will keep you healthy, too.
- Remember to laugh. Most of us forget this one. Laughing can make us feel good.
- Practice giving back. When you help others, you actually are helping yourself too.
When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good. Try to find something you enjoy, or you find pleasure in, every day…even if it’s only for 15 to 20 minutes out of your day. That should bring a smile to your face.
Source: American Heart Association
Terri is the Administrative Coordinator at MAX. She performs all administrative duties, and helps out in other areas of the company when needed. Outside of the office, she enjoys spending time with her husband, her children, two cats, and her extended family and friends. She is huge movie goer and an avid animal lover.