Stress Reduction Tips We All Need Right Now: Get Support From BetterHelp

Stress And Health

 

Few realize just how impactful prolonged stress can be on the body and mind. Prolonged stress is related to a variety of physical and mental health concerns, including higher blood pressure, insomnia, heart disease, depression, and anxiety. Stress is a natural response, and a stress response itself isn’t necessarily a bad thing. It’s meant to help us in the face of a true threat. However, prolonged stress differs from the natural stress responses that show up in times of real danger to keep us safe. If you experience prolonged stress that affects you on a regular basis, you’re at a higher risk of the potential negative outcomes that research relates to stress. So, what can you do to reduce stress and keep yourself well? Here are some tips.

 

Find Something You Love – And Prioritize It

 

We all need to find something we love. Whether it’s a sport or physical activity, playing music, making visual art, or something else, it’s important to identify something you enjoy and implement it into your daily life. If your list of priorities doesn’t include something that makes you feel good, it’s time to add it to the list. Many of us forget to prioritize joy or even feel guilty for doing it, but it will support your mind, body, and stress relief if you do, so release that guilt and make time for fun! While the amount of time someone can allot to hobbies will differ from person to person, it’s essential to find some time, even just a little, to set aside for a treasured pastime that gives you that special sense of relief and enjoyment.

 

Watch Or Listen To Something Funny

 

Laughter is so incredibly good for you. When so much is on your mind, and you can’t seem to catch up with all of your obligations, it can be tough to even consider prioritizing laughter, but if you look into the research, you’ll see why you should! Laughter aids stress reduction. How, you might ask? Well, studies show that laughter actually lowers our stress hormones. Since stress is something that has such a negative impact on health, taking some time to laugh – whether it’s at a movie, a podcast, or with friends – is beneficial beyond words, and really, it’s the least that we can do for our bodies and minds. If you’re looking for an excuse to watch a funny movie and laugh, here it is. Again, we get so consumed with life that we forget that one of the greatest parts of life is enjoyment. You deserve to take some time to enjoy yourself.

 

Maintain Social Connections

 

While stress has a negative impact on our mental and emotional health, the impact of social connections is positive. Healthy social connections are linked to a lower number of depressive symptoms, lower stress levels, and anxiety symptoms, as well as a lower risk of cardiovascular disease. Social connections can even help you live longer. We need social relationships. While it may be more difficult in the time of the coronavirus, both due to already strained mental health and staying away from others to protect oneself, it is crucial to reach out to those in your life – even if it is mostly digital for now.

 

Remember That There’s Only So Much You Can Control

 

Frequently talked about in therapy, radical acceptance is a skill used for tolerating and getting through times of distress. Radical acceptance doesn’t mean that you are okay with everything that’s going on in life; it just means that you are able to acknowledge and accept when you can’t change something and use that knowledge to manage the way you engage with it. That way, you can focus on what you do have control over, as opposed to fixating on what you don’t. Here’s the truth; there are only so many things in life that we control. When we can’t control something, such as the coronavirus or the restrictions related to the coronavirus, there can be a tendency to ruminate. If you find that you are ruminating, you can use exercises for radical acceptance. One way to do this is to use self-talk. For example, you might say to yourself, “I can only do what I can do, and what’s important right now is that I take care of myself or “I am upset about what’s going on. I also acknowledge that it’s not something within my realm of control right now. What can I do to make myself more comfortable right now?” This will help you to reframe your thoughts and redirect your focus. You can learn more about radical acceptance and how to use it in your life by bringing it up in therapy or by doing personal research about radical acceptance as a mental health tool.

 

Don’t Ignore Your Feelings

 

First, know that it’s okay not to be okay. While it’s a statement we’ve all heard, it is important to acknowledge your feelings. Don’t try to push them down. It is painful sometimes when there are things that we can’t control, but the solution isn’t to push the feelings to the side. Instead, it’s to acknowledge them, feel them, and release them. If something does have you in a constant funk and you can’t seem to get yourself out of that state, it’s okay. You’re human, and as a human being, we all need support from time to time. This is a great time to contact your friends, family, or a mental health professional who you can talk to.

 

Online Counseling

 

Online counseling is an excellent option for people with busy schedules, those who live in remote areas, or those who simply want the convenience of getting quality mental health care from the privacy of their own home. Online therapy and counseling are becoming increasingly popular due to the coronavirus, with many mental health professionals switching to remote care. To learn more about BetterHelp as a company, head to our website or check out this link: https://www.linkedin.com/company/betterhelp-com/about/. On the BetterHelp website, you will find licensed providers with a wide variety of specialties. Online counseling is often more affordable than traditional in-person counseling is without insurance, and you won’t have to wait to get paired with a provider who meets your needs. Don’t be afraid to reach out for help with stress or other concerns.

 

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