My days are busy and stressful. Working, being a wife, picking up my dog every day from doggy day care, getting home, cooking, cleaning, and, taking my medication can all be very stressful.
There is so much to do and not enough time during the day.
Then suddenly something more stressful triggers me, like my dog getting sick or the loss of a loved one. The question is. How do we cope with all this stress that exacerbates the situation we are in?
Here are some are some coping skills that help me and positive coping skills I teach patients:
Meditation: I even meditate on my lunch break. I put the seat back and play meditation music on youtube from my iPhone.
Just close your eyes and focus on deep breathing and being at complete peace. Just relax and be calm as you listen to the meditation music.
Guided Imagery. You can find great guided imagery videos on youtube. Go to a quiet place and put headphones on. The speaker will guide you to a nice place, like the beach, a garden or sanctuary.
This is my favorite guided imagery video. I personally imagine that I am walking on the beach with my dog and guardian angel. You can listen to my favorite guided imagery video.
Self-Care. Self-care is doing something positive to nurture yourself. I personally like to take a shower and have chamomile tea after a long stressful day at work or take my dog for a walk in the park. Take at least 15 minutes a day of “me time.”
Spirituality and faith. Spirituality is different that religion. Spirituality is being at peace with your inner soul or spirit. Some may even have a higher power.
Exercise: Exercises releases endorphins which are natural feel good chemicals our body produces. This relieves stress. Go for a jog. You don’t need a gym to exercise.
Although a gym membership would be great, it can get expensive.
If you do have a gym membership does a lot of cardio. At least 30 minutes. My favorite is the cross ramp.
Martial arts will also help. I love boxing and getting my jab on.
Yoga and Tai-chi are both very relaxing and will decrease* you stress
Talk to a support person, family, friends, peers reach out and just talk about how you feel
If the stress reaches higher levels like anxiety and depression. Seek a mental health professional (therapist, psychiatrist, and psychologist)
Art: People find healing and peace through art
Engage in a meaningful positive activity or hobby like gardening, cross word puzzles, knitting, and arts & crafts, etc.
Journaling is very therapeutic. Buy a journal and just write how you feel. Write about your day. Something about the pen on paper makes it very therapeutic.
Positive Affirmations. I like “I am statements.” “I am a strong and faithful woman with a beautiful heart.” A positive affirmation is a positive statement you tell yourself to make you feel good inside and help you overcome negative thoughts. Try using your own “I am…” and finish the sentence. Remember the statement has to be positive.
Have a healthy lifestyle. Don’t skip meals. Don’t eat lunch at your desk. When I take my own lunch to work, I drive to the park and eat it there. Being in nature having a healthy meal is very relaxing.
If you are at work, try and walk it off by taking a walk on your break.
If you are a busy stay-at home mom. Take some time to take the kids for a walk in the park
Have a companion animal, a dog, cat, bird, etc. Stroke your pet and take deep breaths. It is very relaxing. Take your dog for a walk. Feed your pet fish, birds, and turtles, etc. Spend some time appreciating your pets and the joy they bring you.
Go somewhere peaceful the beach or a botanical garden
Lastly, take some time just to breathe. Take a deep breath. Somethings are out of our control. They stress us out, but we can control the way we cope. Inhale for 4 seconds. Take one long breath.
Hold your breath for the count of 3 seconds. Exhale for 4 seconds releasing your shoulders and all the tension in your body.
Remember everyone experiences stress at some point students, mothers, fathers, career people, people on a fixed income. Stress can overwhelm us, but we need to learn positive coping skills to ease that stress to achieve wellness and relaxation.
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