Tips for Handling Stress
As human beings we all respond to trauma and stress differently. While one person reacts better by being alone, others need assistance to regain control of their lives. There's no right way to handle stress and there is no set time when you'll feel better. It's an individual reaction. Many military members experience stress reactions that negatively impact effective daily functioning. If you are experiencing an increase in stress, you may want to try some of the suggestions listed below.
Four Ways To Fight Stress Right Now:
- Breathe Deeply. Just a few minutes of deep breathing can help calm and disrupt the physiologic stress response. You can do it anywhere.
- Focus on the Moment. Stay in the here and now. If you are eating, focus on the taste sensations; if you are moving, focus on your legs and what you are seeing.
- Reframe the Situation. If you are stuck in traffic, think of it as time to yourself.
- Keep your Problems in Perspective. Distract yourself by thinking of all the things you are grateful for. It can be surprisingly effective.
Long Range Strategies For Reducing Stress:
- Hanging Out With Others
- Reserving Some Time Alone
- Building Relationships
- Learning to Nurture Ourselves
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