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How Can I Manage My Stress?

How Can I Manage My Stress?

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Suzie Brooks, Children's Aid Foundation of Canada

Aug 2nd

Even though it's summer, stress still has a way of finding us. There are many things in our everyday lives that can be stressful such as work, school, or the sound of construction happening near by (this is my top stressor).

Stress is the body’s reaction to a triggering thought, incident, or circumstance. Stress is a core component of the fight or flight response that acts as an automatic survival mechanism which prepares the body to take action.

If you find that you struggle with stress on a regular basis and would like to try to reduce your stress, check out some strategies from the mental health service Layla:

  • Self-care – Self-care can be any task or activity that brings you peace and happiness in the moment. Things like time with friends, exercise, or reading a good book. 
  • Sleep – A regular sleep routine can help to regulate mood and reduce stress. 
  • Exercise – During physical activity the body produces endorphins (chemicals in the brain that can act as natural painkillers) that can help to improve sleep and reduce stress. 
  • Nutrition – By keeping a healthy diet, you can help to strengthen the immune system and lower blood pressure which in turn can counter the effects of stress. 
  • Deep breathing – When you practice deep breathing in moments of stress you are, in effect, sending a message to your brain to relax and calm down. 
  • Time management – By planning your days using a calendar and/or to do lists, you can better track and prioritize tasks as well as plan time for self-care, which will help to reduce stress.

Read more about what stress is and ways to manage it in Layla's Stress Management Handout.

*Strategies in this post were sourced from Layla. For more details or information about the strategies mentioned please visit layla.careNote that this should not be considered as medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment and should not be used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnoses, or treatment.

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