Tomorrow (11/6) is Stress Awareness Day. It is super important to carve out some time for yourself to help with relieving stress in your life. Stress truly is toxic for your health, both mentally and physically. Today I’d encourage you to invest in your own mental health by practicing self-care, because there is no health without mental health.
Below is some information we received from The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.
When are you most likely to experience toxic stress?
• Not getting enough sleep
• Not having a network of support
• Experiencing a major life change such as moving, the death of a loved one, starting a new job, having a child or getting married
• Experiencing poor physical health
• Not eating well
Tip for dealing with stress:
• Manage your time. Prioritizing your activities can help you use your time well. Making a day-to-day schedule helps ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed by everyday tasks and deadlines.
• Practice relaxation. Deep breathing, meditation and progressive muscle relaxation are good ways to calm yourself. Taking a break to refocus can have benefits beyond the immediate moment.
• Exercise daily. Schedule time to walk outside, bike or join a dance class. Whatever you do, make sure it’s fun. Daily exercise naturally produces stress-relieving hormones in your body and improves your overall physical health.
• Set aside time for yourself. Schedule something that makes you feel good. It might be reading a book, go to the movies, get a massage or take your dog for a walk.
• Eat well. Eating unprocessed foods, like whole grains, vegetables, and fresh fruit is the foundation for a healthy body and mind. Eating well can also help stabilize your mood.
• Get enough sleep. Symptoms of some mental health conditions, like mania in bipolar disorder, can be triggered by getting too little sleep.
• Avoid alcohol and drugs. They don’t actually reduce stress: in fact, they often worsen it. If you’re struggling with substance abuse, educate yourself and get help.
• Talk to someone. Whether to friends, family, a counselor or a support group, airing out and talking can help.
Need someone to talk to? The Nebraska Family Helpline, (888) 866-8660, is supervised by licensed mental health professionals who can help connect you or someone you love to services available.