Stress Busters

Anxiety and stress are the most common causes of mental illness in the U.S., according to the Anxiety Disorders Association of America. Anxiety disorders affect more than 18 percent of the U.S. population and cost the country more than $42 billion a year in healthcare costs. Finding simple ways to help alleviate stress on a daily basis may help prevent more serious symptoms of anxiety disorders. Here are some tips for coping with stress:

  • Get up 15 minutes earlier
  • Prepare for the morning the night before
  • Avoid tight-fitting clothes
  • Write it down – don’t rely on your memory
  • Set priorities in your life
  • Anticipate your own needs
  • Make duplicate keys
  • Say “no” more often
  • Avoid negative people
  • Simplify mealtimes
  • Break large tasks into bite-sized portions
  • Be prepared for rain
  • Say something nice to someone
  • Stop negative self-talk
  • Visualize yourself succeeding
  • Practice breathing slowly
  • Buy yourself flowers
  • As someone to be your “vent partner”
  • Stretch your limits a little each day
  • Always have a plan B
  • Become a better listener
  • Stand up and stretch
  • Take a new route to work
  • Freely praise other people

Our counselors are always available for consultation on stress reduction and other mental health issues.