There are many things in life that can create stress such as big projects at work, pressure from friends and family, or even pressure on yourself. In addition to not feeling great emotionally, stress also takes a toll on your body and can lead to anything from weight gain to sleeplessness. Luckily there are many ways in which you can deal with stress and help your body and mind feel more relaxed, and in this three-part series, we will give you a number of different strategies that you can try.
For some, tackling stress is easy, but others may need a little help. At Long Island Counseling, we can provide you with the support and tools you need to tackle your stress. We offer individual counseling and couple’s therapy in a number of different areas, and our licensed therapist will help you work through your problems to find a solution. Interested in learning more? Contact Long Island Counseling to schedule a consultation today!
One of the most common ways people suggest coping with stress is to exercise. In many cases, stress can feel like a buildup of energy that you don’t know what to do with, and that’s where performing some form of exercise can help! The reason you feel all of this energy is because stress is caused by a buildup of the hormones that control your “fight or flight” instincts. Go for a bike ride, a run, or visit the gym and lift some weights. Not only will exercising help take your mind off of whatever is causing you stress and release some of the excess hormones, but it will also help to release dopamine into your brain, which will help you feel happier.
Take Control of the Situation
In some cases, stress is caused by a problem that seems impossible to solve. One way you can help to alleviate some of that stress is to find the solution. Try different methods to find a solution such as writing out the problem and the possible solutions on paper. Sometimes physically writing things down will help to get them out of your head, allowing you to focus more on the solution instead of getting frustrated about the problem.
If pushing to find a solution is the source of your stress, then tell yourself it’s okay to take a break. Nothing will get solved if you don’t have a clear head, so go for a walk or take some time to watch a show or take a shower — do something that will help you relax. Once you’ve taken some time to walk away and clear your head, come back to the problem. You may find that the solution is easier to find when you’re not blinded by frustration.
Find More Tips at Long Island Counseling
When dealing with stress, it’s important to not let yourself become overwhelmed. If you are having a hard time coping with stress or another mental health condition, then Long Island Counseling is here to help. Whether you’re interested in couple’s counseling for you and your partner or you want to know more about our individual counseling services, check out our website, and give us a call to schedule a consultation! In the meantime, keep an eye out for part two of our series where we will provide you with even more tips for coping with stress.