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Self-help tips for symptoms of stress:
1. Spend time with other people.
2. Set priorities.
3. Exercise to reduce stress.
4. Set realistic goals.
5. Identify and seek out comforting people.
6. Tell others about things that cause stress.
7. Big tasks to small ones.
8. Do what I can how I can.
9. Gradually improve - reduce stress.
10. Identify and seek out comforting situations.
11. Confide in a trusted relative or friend.
When I am stressed (anxious, scared ect), this is what I do:
I use my 5 senses to get me to think clearly first, then decide how to act.
1) What do you feel physically, not emotionally?
Fuzzy slippers, socks, lotion, carpet, the feel of a paint brush, the skin of somebody that I love.
2) What do you taste?
Could be mint, a good meal, apple cider, chocolates, the taste of apple pie, bubble gum.
3) What do you hear?
The sounds of nature (great on youtube), the sounds of birds outside,
somebody laughing, a good song on the radio, the sound of a friend’s voice
4) What do you smell?
Grab cinnamon and vanilla at the store, put it in a pot, set on med low on your stove. That smell calms me. Could also be popcorn, the mint, your coffee.
5) What do you see?
A magazine with craft ideas, photos of loved ones, youtube video of Ricky Gervais and Elmo or any other comedian, like Robin Williams or Adam sandler.
If you don’t have those around you, go out and find 5 pleasant things, one for each sense. Do you know why people love going to the movies and eating popcorn?
It’s because it appeals to each of the five senses. When you occupy
those 5, it’s harder to concentrate on the hard things. Do that to calm. Once you are calm, go and tackle the problem, one thing at a time.
Post other good things that help to reduce your stress and anxiety level.
I’m not interested in hearing why these won’t work for you. There will be enough to choose from by the end that hopefully SOMETHING here can help, even if only a little bit. Invite your friends to share their thoughts here. We’re talking about healthy ways. Not illegal or inappopriate for mental or physical health.
One of my faves is going for a 45 minute walk, fast paced, every day for about 5 days a week. Do that for 3 weeks. I’m sure that you’ll notice a remarkable imporvement withing 3 weeks. Again, please share. Let’s get the healing started.
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