by Julia Gomes, M.S., M.A.

“Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there’.”, Eckhart Tolle. Stress is something that we encounter in our daily lives; whether it be parenting, finances, or work, we all experience some sort of stress. When stress becomes problematic is when it begins to interfere with your quality of life. For example, if you find yourself feeling more irritable with your loved ones, it could be a sign of you feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Below are some strategies to help support both yourself and others when you are experiencing times of stress.

  1. Manage your Expectations. Try to remember that you are not invincible and that there are times where you can’t do everything. When we have unrealistic expectations we increase our stress levels and risk of burn out.
  2. Ask for Help. Talking to a trusted friend or family member about your stressors, asking your boss for help, and engaging in individual therapy can help reduce stress.
  3. Exercise and Meditate. Exercise and mindfulness practices can boost your mood and lower your stress levels.
  4. Do Something Fun. Oftentimes when we are stressed, it is common to avoid activities or things that brought us joy. It is important to prioritize self-care during times of stress to help reduce its’ impact.
  5. Healthy Lifestyle. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle by having a balanced diet, regular exercise, and enough sleep can improve your symptoms of stress.