Dealing with STRESS

Many of us have to deal with stress in our day-to-day lives. Unfortunately, this stress is sometimes greater than we can handle. So, how do we deal with stress when it becomes too difficult to handle?

First of all, it is important to recognize everyone deals with stress differently. Everyone handles different amounts and different types of stress in their own way. Sometimes we react to stress in a positive manner. For example, expecting parents may feel “stressed” about having a baby, but when they think of this stress in a positive light, the stress is not dangerous to them. However, if negative thoughts are constantly being thought of, stress can become dangerous.

Everyone produces a different response to stress. Some people feel overwhelmed and simply quit. Others may become tearful or angry. Everyone needs to listen to their mind and their body so they can recognize when stress is becoming a concern for them.

In the same way people react differently to stress, there are different ways to deal with stress. Everyone needs to find what works for them. The following are a few suggestions. Find what works for you or what combination works to help you cope with stress in your life.

• Remove the cause of the stress, if possible. See what can be changed at work, at home, or the other causes of stress in your life.
• Relax. Try meditating, taking a one-minute time out, get a massage, etc.
• Get active. Exercise and sports can be an excellent release for people.
• Control your time. You might not be able to do everything you want to achieve at work, at home, at school, etc. Take time to prioritize what needs to get done so that you can decide what you can and what you cannot manage.
• Eat properly. Following Canada’s Food Guide to Healthy Eating will ensure you are giving your body everything it needs to deal with stress.
• Get enough rest. Most people need 8 and ¼ hours of sleep every night, schedule time for sleep.
• Share with others. Talking with loved ones and friends can be an excellent release. You do not have to deal with everything on your own, people want to help, just ask.
• Keep it fun. Try dealing with stressful situations with a bit of humor.

If you ever hit a point where you simply can no longer deal with the stress in your life, ask for help. See your physician or mental health professional if you feel stress is becoming too difficult for you to manage.