The Feel Better™ stress philosophy recognizes that everyone encounters difficulties in life. However, it is how we deal with these difficulties that creates stress. In other words, stress is self-inflicted. Our circumstances, other people, and the environment are external factors that we can succumb to. While we can’t avoid stress, we can learn to manage it effectively.
Stress is about processing the emotions we feel and managing our reactions. The first step is to be proactive in how we handle stressful situations. Recognize, address, and process negative thoughts before they manifest as stress. Get out of your head by talking about what you are feeling in order to move forward in a healthy way. Reducing stress is often accomplished by the simplest of actions.
Five Ways to Manage Stress and Feel Better:
Move: use exercise and physical activity to quickly calm your mind
Breathe: focus on controlled breathing to slow your heart rate
Listen: use soothing music to enter a relaxed state
Meditate: practice meditation to learn how to be fully in the moment
Relax: try advanced methods like massage, yoga, and acupuncture
Remember, self-medicating with substances like food, drugs, and alcohol may help you feel better temporarily, but is not a long-term solution. Untreated stress can lead to serious medical, physical, and emotional consequences. Make self-care your number one priority.