Stressful situations can pop up at any moment, and it’s important to learn how to deal with them properly. Luckily, if you live in Long Island, then Long Island Counseling can provide you with the support you need to deal with even the most stressful situations. Our licensed counselor offers a variety of services for both couples and individuals, and she can help guide you through the problem-solving process to help you live a better life. Explore our couple’s therapy and individual counseling services, and call to schedule a consultation!
In part one of this series, we discussed how exercising and taking control of the situation can help you cope with stress. However, not everyone can find success in eliminating stress by using the same strategies. As we continue with part two of this series, we will discuss a few more healthy ways in which you can tackle those stressful situations.
Avoid Harmful Substances
When you’re dealing with a lot of stress at work or in your personal life, you may look for a way to take the edge off so that you can get a better grasp on the situation. Unfortunately, most people will turn to harmful substances like drugs or alcohol in order to do so. While these substances may help in the moment, they will not help you find a long-term solution. Instead, they may lead to substance abuse or addiction, especially if you never take the time to address the cause of what originally made you stressed.
Identify What Causes You Stress
Some stress is situational, and it may only cause you stress for a short period of time before it goes away. However, if you are dealing with long-term stress that doesn’t seem to diminish, then it’s important to try and identify what is causing that stress. For example, if you are dealing with a huge project at work, your stress may disappear once you complete the project. However, if you have a family member who is constantly criticizing your choices and your lifestyle, then you may have to find a way to deal with that person directly.
Start a Stress Journal
One way you can cope with your stress is to talk about it, whether it be with another person or in a journal. If you don’t feel comfortable talking to someone about your stress, then starting a stress journal may be a great alternative! The best thing about a stress journal is that you can really make it anything you want. If you want to write about your day, then you can do that. If you would rather cope with your stress by drawing pictures or writing poetry, then you can use your stress journal as a safe space to do so. Your journal is a private place to collect your thoughts so that you can either see a solution more clearly or just channel the stress out of your head and onto the page.
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If you’re having a problem finding a healthy way to cope with your stress, then Long Island Counseling is here to ensure that you don’t go through it alone. We proudly offer individual counseling that will help you cope with stress, depression, anxiety, or any other mental health condition that you might be facing. Learn more about the services we provide, and contact Long Island Counseling to schedule a consultation.