Stress can hit anywhere, at any time. You can be hanging out with friends or family, having a good time, and then that little voice in your head begins to remind you of all of the things you have to do at home, for work, or for school. Everyone has a little voice in their head that stresses them out sometimes. Everyone also struggles with managing the stress that little voice brings on. It’s natural, so don’t sweat it. Pinnacle Recovery wants to help give you a few tips to help you cope with stress.
Notice unhealthy coping mechanisms
When you’re feeling stressed, unhealthy coping mechanisms are not far and lingering by. Noticing them is the first step to putting an end to them. You may be so used to these coping mechanisms that you have a blindness to them. Unhealthy coping mechanisms look different for each person. You may rely on alcohol or drugs for comfort, while a friend of yours may withdraw from family and friends and begin to sleep more. Whatever your unhealthy coping mechanisms are, recognizing them is the first step toward eliminating them. Once you realize what they are, try out some of the following when you’re feeling stressed.
Create a mindful attitude
Negative self-talk creeps in when you’re feeling stressed. Try to be mindful and recognize that you’re talking down to yourself. Take note of times you are overthinking and creating thought spirals. Changing the way you look at situations in your life can be beneficial for helping to reduce stress.
Exercising has many benefits. It can lower anxiety and improve mood, as well as help to deal with stress. Exercising vigorously can help blow off steam. It also gets your mind out of those thought spirals. De-stressing doesn’t have to be done through hard-core exercise, though. You can dance, take a walk, or go swimming — it doesn’t have to be a marathon every time. Keeping your body moving and your mind busy is vital when you’re trying to de-stress.
When some people are stressed, they tend to retreat socially. The problem with this is that humans are hardwired for connection. The more you withdraw, the more stressed you’re going to feel. You don’t have to throw a party and overwhelm yourself with social activities. Grabbing coffee with a friend or simply talking to a loved one on the phone will do the job. Keeping things bottled up inside isn’t good for stress. Keep your mind busy by staying social to help de-stress.
Create a plan
Last, if none of these things have helped so far, you should create a plan that you can fall back on. Creating this plan while you are not stressed is helpful because you will be creating it with a clear mind that is not emotional and influenced by the stress you’re trying to avoid. Create a plan that you can fall back on, instead of falling back onto unhealthy coping mechanisms and negative self-talk. A stress plan can be journaling and meditating. Pick little things to add to your plan. If all else fails, reach out for help if you feel like you can’t trust yourself to stay safe.
Pinnacle Recovery is here for you when you need a higher level of care. Increased stress is often one of the first signs of a more significant problem. Reach out to us today at 1-866-301-0573. We want to hear from you and help you today.