Dealing with stress
Updated: Jan 29, 2021
Stress is not an illness itself but it can cause serious illness if it is not addressed. It is therefore important a young person is aware of ways to deal with stress. Being able to recognise and deal with stress is an important step to developing and maintaning a healthy mind. A person who experiences stress can try to help themselves and deal with stress by trying the following strategies:
Talking to someone
Talking to someone, like a friend, family member or someone professional can help alleviate the worries and fears and stresses that a person is feeling.
When a person is feeling stressed, breathing properly (long deep breaths) can limit the chances of developing a panic attack or becoming aggressive and help calm the person down.
Listening to music
When the person is feeling stressed, they could listen to music. This could calm the person or it could help to distract them from how they are feeling at that time.
Exercising - going for a walk/run/gym
If a person is struggling with stress, they could do some exercise. This would release endorphins that helps the person feel better and happier and more relaxed as the endorphins are released into the body.
Sometimes when a person is feeling stressed, they tend to have the same issues played over and over again in their minds. However, if a person changes their thinking and thinks that things will be okay, this can help the person feel better.
Keeping a Diary
Keeping a diary and recording when a person feels stressed, this can help to identify triggers that can help a person understand what events/issues can make them stressed.
Complementary therapies such as massage, reflexology and other therapies can help a person relax, sleep better and reduce the symptoms of stress.