Stress Reduction

Mar 27, 2020
Gay Baldwin

“If you really listen to someone — put yourself in their shoes and pay attention to what they’re saying and who they are with as little judgment as you can manage—the results are always better.” – Eileen Fisher

 

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Tools for Mental Wellness

Four things to keep in mind when struggling with stress and anxiety:

  1. Monitor your media intake.
  2. Balance what you can control.
  3. Stay present and stay focused.
  4. Connect with others especially those who are isolated.

Staying Connected

While you are physically distancing to protect yourself and others and prevent the spread, remember the importance of social interaction to prevent feelings of loneliness or isolation. Here is a list of things to help you do this:

  • Make a short list of friends and family members.
  • Schedule a time to connect with others.
  • Share honest and open communication.
  • When you talk, remember to listen. The other person may be struggling, too.
  • Maximize positive social interaction online as you minimize any use of media and social media that may be mentally harmful to you.

Managing Worry

It’s natural to worry, and not a feeling you have to ignore. But you don’t wait worries keeping you from functioning and living fully, so here are a few tips to manage worry:

  • Create a daily worry period.
  • Challenge anxious thoughts.
  • Distinguish between solvable and unsolvable worries.
  • Interrupt the worry cycle.
  • Talk about your worries.
  • Practice mindfulness.

Managing Your Lifestyle

The actions you take every day can have a direct effect upon your ability to manage stress and anxiety. Here are a few lifestyle tips to keep in mind:

  • Practice relaxation techniques.
  • Eat a healthy and nutritious diet.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Get enough sleep.
  • Be smart about caffeine, nicotine and alcohol consumption.

 

Gay BaldwinGay Baldwin, LPC, CPCS, BC-TMH
University Counselor
Center for Health and Well-being