Stress can impact your mind and body. Symptoms of stress can include headaches, heart palpitations, racing thoughts or extreme muscle tension. There are simple ways to manage your stress levels and prevent you from burning out. Your mental health matters, whether you’re a young professional, a college student or a new mom, you need to be mindful getting stressed out and take care of yourself. Focus on what you can control and practice these tips:
What can you do to help yourself at this moment? There are things that we don’t have control over, however there are also areas in our lives where we have the ability to take charge. Think about what you can control, and take an action that will help you in a stressful situation. It could mean calling the phone company to make a payment plan on a past due bill or apologizing to your supervisor for making a mistake at work. These are a couple of examples of actions you can take to remedy a situation. What can you control? Knowing that, what action can you take to help yourself feel better?
Stick to A Routine
Creating a routine whether it’s a daily one, a weekly schedule or both. Having this structure will minimize your stress level. When you don’t know what you’re doing that day, you will inevitably feel more stressed out. Making a schedule is something you have control over. Maybe getting organized isn’t your thing. That’s okay! If you need help from a friend or even your parents to help you make a schedule, put your pride aside and just ask them. You’ll feel better when you’ve got something in place to keep you on track.
Limit Your Caffeine
You might love coffee, but drinking too much of it can over-stimulate your mind and nervous system leaving you feeling anxious and stressed out. For people that already live with chronic anxiety, adding caffeine to the mix can amplify those feelings. It’s okay to have coffee, but it might be helpful to limit your intake to one to two cups a day. This way you’re still getting your fix, but it’s not impacting your health in a negative way.
Although you want to be strong and independent, it’s okay to ask for help when you need it. That could mean calling a friend or family member and asking for support or reaching out to a mental health professional for guidance. When you’re going through a hard time in life, you don’t have to do it on your own. When therapy isn’t even you can explore taking medication for mental health issues using an in-person or online psychiatrist. When feel like life is out of control and your stress isn’t manageable, therapy can help.
Life isn’t easy and stress can feel intense, but it doesn’t have to take over and leave you powerless! Use these tips to help you get through the day and make life more manageable.
About the Author:
Sarah Fader is the CEO and Founder of Stigma Fighters, a non-profit organization that encourages individuals with mental illness to share their personal stories. She has been featured in The New YorkTimes, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, Quartz, Psychology Today, The Huffington Post, HuffPost Live, and Good Day New York.
Sarah is a native New Yorker who enjoys naps, talking to strangers, and caring for her two small humans and two average-sized cats. Like six million other Americans, Sarah lives with panic disorder. Through Stigma Fighters, Sarah hopes to change the world, one mental health stigma at a time.