Ways To Manage Stress And Anxiety

Yesterday, I found myself experiencing stress. It wasn’t the type of stress that stuck out to me in a manner that was loud and visible.

I noticed the stress around my shoulders and upper back. It ached and bothered me throughout the day. At first, I thought it was maybe from exercising or lifting something that I shouldn’t have lifted.

I tried to massage it and it persisted.

Later that day, I sat down and started writing on the topic of, what am I carrying.

I asked myself, what stress am I carrying?

In reading my writing, I noticed that stress revolved around certain domains of my life. The simple writing activity provided me with insight into understanding the root of my stress. The reason why my muscle ached.

Today, I want to share with you ways to manage stress in your life.

3 Ways To Manage Stress

1. Ground yourself with supportive words.

The power of words is beyond measure. I’m sure that you have had an experience in which you gave yourself words of kindness or someone else gave you those words. During this moment, you probably felt uplifted. Empowered.

Try using positive supportive words. Below are examples that you can play with:

  • I am strong.
  • I am whole.
  • I can move beyond this moment.
  • I love myself.
  • Today has been a challenging day and for that, it is okay for me to stop and slow down.

2. Go for a centrally focused walk.

This is a short walk lasting under 15 minutes. During the walk, focus to count your steps. Think about the rhythm as you move each foot forward. Explore how your feet feel when you touch the ground. As you walk do your best to help your mind focus on the task at hand, that being counting the footsteps.

 

3. Explore supportive questions.

The questions listed below aim to help you navigate stress so that you can build tools to address stress. At the end of the week, we are likely to experience stress. It’s important to develop a technique for how we react to stress.

 

  • How do I handle stress?
  • What does stress feel like?
  • What coping skills address my stress?
  • What are my triggers to stress

 

Benefits To Working With A Counselor

  • Learn to communicate thoughts and feelings in a healthy way.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Develop healthy coping skills.
  • Heal wounds and trauma.
  • Find balance in life.

Are you ready to start counseling?

Call the counseling office at 336-663-6570 or email [email protected].