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Dealing with Stress

10:05 AM, May 8, 2013   |    comments
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Life can be stressful. Stress can have a variety of causes.
Recognize the causes, take steps to deal with the root of the problem, tackle the symptoms.
Don't battle stress alone - ask for help from a friend or a professional.
Anything that poses a challenge to our well-being is a stress. Some stresses get you going and they are good. But when the stresses undermine our mental and physical health they are bad.
Our fight-or-flight response

What matters more than the event itself is usually our thoughts about the event

Strategies:

Exercise-Releases Endorphines.

Sleep
7-8 hours for most but really varies per person/consistency is key

Water: Patch Adams Study and the Brain

Protein/High Fiber Breakfast and Glucose/Sugar Levels

Relaxing Bath or Walk/Nature Touch It

Don't Let Yourself Rip on You or Others (even behind their back)

Organization and To Do Lists

Perspective: Will this Matter in 5 Years, Give it to God, Try Your Best

Personal Responsibility: An Ounce of Prevention/Pound of Cure

Surround Yourself with Positive/Funny People

It's Ok to Ask for Help

Take Baby Steps/Break Tasks into Smaller Steps

Live within your means. Set a budget and stick to it.
Division of labor - Delegate and Boundaries

Assertiveness

Relaxation techniques - mediation, prayer, massage, or yoga

Read self-help books

Dr. Matthew Clark and Friends Present
Gay and Christian: Believers Speak
Reconciling Being Gay and Christian
Thursday May 30
7-9pm Wealthy Theater
Grand Rapids, MI

Courtesy:

The Clark Institute: Private Practice Psychotherapy
for Children, Adolescents, and Adults
Human Resource Associates
Matthew Clark, Psy.D.
(616) 458-0692
www.theclarkinstitute.com

 

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