5 Tips For Dealing With Stress

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Dealing with stress is something that I’ve always had a difficult time with and it wasn’t until I was older that I have really started being able to deal with stress better. I think it’s hard for us to expect teens to deal with stress. As a society, we don’t deal well with stress. Just take a look at the road rage and fights that occur on a daily basis. Stress is a huge part of our society. For this photographer, photography helps me with my stress levels. Seeing the beauty around me. Reminding myself that God created all of this for us. That’s a huge help in daily life. I’ve also come up with 5 tips to help you in your stressful life:

1-Accept that there are things around you that you can not control

Boy, this was a tough one for me. I like to be in control, of everything. The older I got the more I realized that I couldn’t control everything or everyone and I can’t control their responses to me or the world, either. The sooner you realize that you can only control yourself, the easier it will be.

2-Take A Breath

Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing. Sit up straight, eyes closed, with a hand on your belly. Slowly inhale through your nose, feeling the breath start in your abdomen and work its way to the top of your head. Reverse the process as you exhale through your mouth. Do this as often as needed and don’t worry what you look like. If someone questions you, tell them that you are breathing for their protection 🙂

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3-Reach Out 

Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others — preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what’s going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong. If you don’t feel comfortable going to a friend or family member, I’m always here. We may not have ever met in person, but I will ALWAYS listen. Shoot me a text or call me at 717-229-5999 ANYTIME!

4-Laugh Out Loud

I know that when you’re stressed, laughing may not be the first thing on your mind, but a good belly laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally, It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood. Lighten up by tuning in to your favorite sitcom or video, reading comics or chatting with someone who makes you smile! Something I’ve noticed my daughter doing lately is finding a funny Tic Tok or YouTube video and that seems to lighten her right up.

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5-Crank it up!

Research shows that listening to soothing music can lower blood pressure, heart rate, and anxiety. You also can blow off steam by rocking out to more upbeat tunes — or singing at the top of your lungs–or dancing around your room like a fool!

Well, there you have it. 5 Tips For Dealing With Stress. This is also one of the reasons that I love my majorSENIORS Crew. Another place for you to vent, talk to peers and feel safe. Check it out for more info on not being alone in this life!  I’d love to have a senior in your life be a part of this AWESOME adventure during their senior year!

P.S. if things are more than just stressful and you need someone to talk to, please reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Line. Help is available 24/7

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