7 Tips for Managing Stress & Anxiety
The month of October is strongly focused on reducing stress and promoting emotional wellness. Acknowledged as Depression Awareness Month, this month we strive to educate, advocate, and reduce the stigma that specifically surrounds depression. According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 16.1 million American adults are affected by major depressive disorder. While those that are suffering with symptoms of depression should seek the help of a professional, we have 7 tips to help you manage stress & anxiety so that you can achieve emotional wellness.
1. Remember that you cannot control everything.
It can be difficult to mentally remove yourself from a stressful situation. However, it’s important to put your stress into perspective and ask yourself, “is this really as bad as I think?” You'll find that the answer is often “no.”
2. Do your best.
Everyone knows that aiming for perfection is impossible. Instead, be proud of your hard work and however close you get to your goal.
3. Learn what triggers your anxiety.
This can be work, family, school, or something else entirely. Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious and then look for a pattern. Once you discover your triggers, you can work towards reducing them and better prepare to handle the stress that comes with them.
4. Eat well balanced meals.
A nourished body leads to a nourished mind. Don’t skip any meals when you’re stressed or anxious and always keep healthy snacks on hand. This can help you during times when cooking is too stressful of a task.
5. Take a time out.
Stepping back from a problem helps clear the head. Listen to music, meditate, practice yoga, or learn relaxation techniques that can help you when stress is especially high. By briefly removing yourself from the stressful situation, your mind can clear and gain insight.
6. Give back to your community.
Volunteering or finding another way to be active in your community is a great way to create a support network and be a part of something bigger than yourself. It creates a sense of purpose and gives you a break from everyday stress. At Acenda, we offer many short-term and long-term volunteer opportunities. Click here for more information.
7. Talk to Someone.
It’s important to communicate your feelings instead of bottling them up. Tell friends and family when you’re feeling overwhelmed and let them know how they can help you. Talk to a physician or therapist for professional help. The counselors at our Counseling & Wellness Centers are equipped to help you manage the unique challenges of life. For more information, call our toll-free number at 844-4-ACENDA (844-422-3632).