Got Stress?

Most of us do!  For teens and adults alike, stress has an impact on healthy behaviors like exercising, sleeping well and eating healthy foods. Try these things to stay stress free this fall.

  • Be assertive

  • Try meditation for stress management

  • Engage in some kind of exercise everyday

  • Eat healthy, well-balanced meals and drink plenty of water

  • Find a hobby

  • Get enough rest and sleep; Your body needs time to recover from stress

  • Steer clear of alcohol and drugs to reduce stress

  • Spend enough time with those you enjoy

  • Positive attitudes are a must

Stress, if not dealt with, can affect your mind, body and soul.  Stress is a normal part of life. Many events that happen to you and around you -- and many things that you do yourself -- put stress on your body. You can experience good or bad forms of stress from your environment, your body, and your thoughts.Take time for yourself every day to reflect on your stress level and begin to lower your stress by creating and practicing skills that help soothe you.Self-Soothing techniques as simple as making and enjoying a cup of tea can be soothing at the end of a long stressful day.Make your tea the old fashioned way (instead of using a Keurig)! Listen for the sound of the water boiling, and then the whistle of the kettle when it is ready.Smell the aroma of tea before you take a sip. Feel the warmth of the cup in your hands.Your stress has probably decreased just by reading these words. Now, go make that cup of tea!

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