Are you stressed? It could be a result of a stressful home life, habits, or chaotic work conditions. Instead of adopting old habits (reaching for food, drinking, or smoking for comfort) to deal with stress that could only lead to other problems. Here’s more options of on a list of things you can do to get your life to a more manageable level of stress, a continuation from our last post.
3. Simplify your finances. Spending too much, late fees, trying to remember when to pay
what bill, or finding those paper bills that you’ve placed somewhere. First, pinpoint what
stresses you out about your finances. Automate savings, bill payments, and debt
payments can be a solution. Or it could be trying to spend less by reducing your shopping
trips (online too).
4. Have a blast! Have fun each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. This may include
playing with your kids outside, watching a funny TV show, reading your favorite comic
or looking online for silly jokes or inspirational phrases. Engage in something that takes
your mind of your stressors daily. Play sports, board games, read, dance, or watch
Youtube videos. Whatever you choose, be sure to laugh.
5. One thing at a time!
Start reducing your stress today! But remember, take it slow and do one thing at a time.
Focus as much as possible on doing one thing at a time. Clear your desk of distractions.
Pick something to work on. Need to get ready for a presentation at work? Do only that.
Remove distractions such as phones and email notifications while you’re working on
that report. This takes practice, and you’ll get urges to do other things. But it can be done!
If you would like some support in order to manage your stress, counseling can help. You can visit our website www.HealingLLC.com or contact us at 240-274-5680 or Admin@HealingLLC.com with any questions or to schedule a counseling appointment.
Take Good Care,
Amy Hooper, LCSW-C, CEAP, Director, Gaithersburg Counseling Center
Dena Alalfey, Graduate Intern
References: Zen habits : Breathe. (n.d.). Retrieved May 26, 2015, from