Is stress a problem today? Absolutely! In a recent search, Google returned 474 million articles on “stress” and “mental health”! The top search results were from well researched and well written articles from such places as webmd, the American Psychological Association, and the Mayo Clinic.
Is stress a problem? It’s an epidemic!
Is stress a problem for you? Complete one of these online assessments to find out how stress is interfering with your life.
But the more important question is what you can do to cope with stress?
The good news is that you can learn to cope – and thrive – with stress. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) offers excellent guidance for taking care of yourself when you’re experiencing stress. Read the article here.
These actions can be especially helpful when you’re experiencing stress:
- Practice self-compassion. Treat yourself – talk to yourself – in the same way you would treat or speak to someone you care about. Take a few minutes to practice that right now. What would you say to that person? What tone of voice would you use? What physical action (such as compassionate touch) would that person welcome? Do the same for yourself when stress feels overwhelming.
- Don’t go it alone. We are social animals. We need connection with others. If God said that it wasn’t good for Adam to be alone, it isn’t good for you to go it alone either! Being with others who love you and want the best for you can be a life-line.
- Talk with a trusted professional. A teacher. A doctor. A pastor, priest, or rabbi. A professional counselor. Get perspective and guidance from someone trained in helping people cope with stress.
If stress is interfering with your life contact me . The sooner you take action, the sooner you can feel relief from stress.