What is stress and how can you destress?

Stress can be a normal part of life. You can experience stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts. Stress can act as a positive and motivating factor that keeps us alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress can easily turn into a negative feeling when a person is subjected to continuous challenges and hardships, without relief or relaxation between the stressors.

Are you stressed out?

You might be experiencing the following symptoms:

  • Increase in or loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Problem sleeping
  • Lack of energy or focus
  • Use of alcohol or drugs to relax
  • General aches and pains

How can you destress or stop feeling this way?

In order to control our emotions, we need to understand them first. It’s important to reflect on what has caused you stress.

  • Is it your work?
  • Your partner?
  • Your home life?
  • Your friends?
  • What else is going on in your life that is causing you stress?

Treatment – How to get help?

It’s good to know what you can and can not control and to let go of stress about things you can not control or change yourself.

To help with your stress you could try:

  • Meditation
  • Physical Exercise
  • Yoga
  • Going for a walk
  • Reading a book
  • Talking with a friend
  • Breathing exercises (deep breathing)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Hug a loved one
  • Create an art piece (draw, paint, sculpt)
  • Eat Healthier
  • Try a leisure activity
  • Learn to talk positively
  • Learn to think about yourself positively
  • Express gratitude
  • Create a TO DO list and reward yourself for completing it
  • See your friends
  • Clean your home

Try out these tips and let us know if they helped you! Next time you’re stressed out, remember, stay positive and breathe!
And always, feel free to contact us for further information on how to receive help.



What to say to a person who is feeling stressed:

‘’Is there anything I can do to help?’’

‘’You are strong and capable’’

‘’ I understand why this is frustrating’’

‘’Be kind to yourself, you’re doing your best.’’

‘’Focus at one thing at a time.’’


What not to say to a person who is feeling stressed:

‘’I don’t have time for you.’’

‘’This isn’t worth getting worked up over’’

‘’You’re handling this all wrong.’’

‘’There’s more important things in the world.’’

‘’Just try to relax, it’s nothing.’’


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