Feeling stressed? Try implementing one or more of the strategies below, based on recommendations from the CDC for coping with stress.
- Choose a 1-hour block today to unplug completely from watching, reading, or listening to news stories or viewing any kind of social media platform. Avoid all screens, including phones, tablets, computers and television. Shorten or lengthen the duration to fit your needs and repeat as often as needed.
- Choose a 1-hour block this week to participate in any moderate intensity activity (e.g. brisk walking). And, when possible, aim for the weekly recommended physical activity level for your age group.
- Choose a 1-hour block this month to talk with someone you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. This could be a family member, friend, counselor, doctor, spiritual leader, or anyone else you trust. Shorten or lengthen the duration as you need, and, when possible, connect with others more often (as needed).
Do you feel like your stress has become too much to manage? If you or someone you know is in crisis now, call 988 to speak with a trained crisis counselor about what you are feeling. The 988 Lifeline is available 24/7 for mental health emergencies.
Are you experiencing constant stress? Chronic (i.e. ongoing) stress can lead to other mental and physical health issues. It’s important to incorporate daily, weekly, and monthly habits into your life to manage stress, for greater health and well-being. If you need help managing chronic stress, connect to a mental healthcare professional at WellStone.
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