Although Stress Awareness Month in the United States is in April, I’ve decided that blogging about it a couple of weeks earlier won’t cause any stress. Stress Awareness Month was established in 1992 by the Health Resource Network, Inc. The HRN is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 by Dr. Mort Orman, M.D.
We all have different ways of dealing with stress and sometimes trying to find ways to cope can also be stressful! Last year, I wrote about some of the ways I cope with my stress STRESS HAPPENS! This year, I have the expertise of my friend, a Mental Health Counselor.
From the Desk of Patti Ortega
STRESS MANAGEMENT 101 – Taking care of me!
Stress is what we experience when there is a change in our lives.
Coping is how we manage stress or take care of our thoughts and feelings.
Nine Coping Skills (from The Coping Skills Workbook):
1.Deal with your feelings.
- Identify how you feel. Expand your feelings vocabulary.
- Accept your feelings. Allow for self-compassion.
- Express your feelings appropriately… without hurting others
2.Discover your choices.
3.Ask for help (family, friends, coworkers, or professional help).
4.Accept imperfection. It’s okay to make mistakes.
5.Plan ahead. Avoid procrastinating.
6.Give yourself a relaxation break. BREATHE! Meditate or pray.
7.Take one step at a time. Prioritize. Keep moving forward.
8.Take care of yourself. Eat well. Sleep well. Exercise.
9. Adjust your attitude. Find the silver linings.
I can cope with and reduce stress in my life:
- Through supportive friendships
- Through proper exercise
- Through an interesting hobby
- By knowing my feelings
- By making time for me… to relax, daydream, enjoy, laugh, and have fun.
- Through proper time management. Knowing what’s most important.
From Living With Stress: Activities to Help Children Cope with Difficult Situations
Here is a note about Patti: Quality Counseling
As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC), she provides compassionate and quality care in helping adults and children develop effective coping skills and improve their relationships. She specializes in treating anxiety and depression using a cognitive-behavioral approach. She has extensive experience working with school-aged children.