- Money issues
- National security
- Job security
- Emotional problems
- Relationship issues
- Chronic illness or injury
- The pandemic and its impact
And how do most people deal with it? A recent survey by the American Psychological Association said the following issues are the top vote-getters:
– One-third of us either eat (22%) or drink alcohol (14%) to cope with stress;
– Others rely on exercise (45%) and religious and spiritual activities (44%);
– 14% turn to massage and yoga to relieve stress.
If you want to reduce stress in your own life in a way that’s effective and lasting, the quickest fixes are rarely the best ones. In fact, some “solutions” can cause more harm than good. Most people attempt to reduce stress in ways they’ve learned over time, ways that may or may not be good for their health.
Some healthy, stress-relieving behaviors that are effective, longer-lasting, and build resilience include:
Have good, healthy relationships with family and friends. Reconnect with people. Accept help and support from those who care about you to relieve stress and deeply connect from a place of service and love.
Set Realistic Goals
Why add stress to your life by setting unreasonable goals and impossibly high standards for yourself? Tackle tasks in small, concrete steps rather than overwhelming yourself with stressful goals when you’re already busy or overwhelmed.
Take Swift Actions
Be decisive. Don’t let stress get the best of you and instead commit to taking action to address the underlying cause of your stress.
What do you need to keep your mind and body healthy and performing at it’s best? When you make mental health a priority, stressful situations are so much easier to respond to. Do things that you enjoy and take measures to relax, and practice effective mental health strategies daily.
Keep Things in Perspective
Don’t blow things out of proportion. Instead, keep an eye on the big picture and see stressful situations as the tiny blip they are in the grand scheme of things.
The TruSage app makes mental health easy, fun, and accessible so you can free yourself from stress and lead a healthier and more fulfilling life. To learn more about it: