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"S.T.R.E.S.S (Stick to Realistic Expectations for Self & Sanity)"



Happy Tuesday! 


In the spirit of Stress Awareness Month, I want to bring your attention to the topic of stress. "Stress can be defined as a state of worry or mental tension caused by a difficult situation. Stress is a natural human response that prompts us to address challenges and threats in our lives." Transparently, when I'm stressed, I'm forgetful and struggle between eating a snack and appearing like a snack. Everyone experiences stress to some degree. Stress has no boundaries! 


Warning Signs & Symptoms of Stress:

  • headaches

  • fatigue

  • chest pain

  • rumination

  • worry

  • irritability

  • forgetfulness

  • restlessness/disrupted sleep

  • diet changes

  • social withdrawal


This list is not all encompassing. It is simply to provide insight into physical, emotional, cognitive and behavioral signs of stress. Stress can be positive (wedding planning) or negative (health concerns). It can also be acute (brief) or chronic (long-term). It is how we respond to stress that matters most. 


As this month ends, I encourage you to check your engine (body) for fuel (needs to replenish to a full tank). While driving an old car for college, my grandpa taught me more about cars than I cared to know. He would often say "if you take care of your car, your car will take care of you." I'm so appreciative of this message. I encourage you to take time and reflect on what your car (body) needs. Your car is the only car you will ever have that will not be re-created and/or upgraded in the new year. 

 

A quote that reminds me to take care of my engine states "Survival as a counselor or anti-violence worker depends on the individual embracing a commitment to oneself with the same energy and compassion dedicated to the work." I challenge you to find or create a quote that reminds you to S.T.R.E.S.S.


Remember:

  • Identify your support systems and use them. 

  • Prioritize (create an order of importance).

  • Differentiate between what's urgent and important vs not.

  • Take a break from the news (including social media).

  • Self-care (create a coping toolbox).

  • Implement boundaries ("get somebody else to do it").

  • Practice being kind to yourself.

  • Strive for goodness, not perfection.


Email me additional stress tips! I look forward to hearing from you. 


Feel free to share with a friend! 


Take time, talk soon!


Thanks!

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