Tips for Managing Stress
Here you’ll find tips and tools you can use to build skills and develop ways to manage stress.
There are many strategies you can use to help manage stress in your life. Here are a few options to try.
Get to know what causes you stress.
What have been stressful situations in the past? Is there anything or situation that tends to be stressful for you? Or is it when a bunch of things lead to a lot of stress? Anticipate stress and prepare yourself.
Relax your mind and body.
It’s hard to relax when you’re feeling stressed! While relaxation won’t instantly make your stress go away, it can help reduce your stress. Try mindfulness (Breathr is a great app), listening to your favourite playlist or cuddling your pet. Whatever it is, practice what relaxes you.
Don’t forget about yourself.
Between school, work, scheduled sports, spending time with friends and family, you’re sometimes left with little time to do what you enjoy. Whether it’s reading, journalling, hiking, listening to music, taking the dog for a walk, playing a video game, or watching the sunset – try to find some time for you.
Let your muscles do the work.
Being physically active helps to relieve stress. Stress can be hard on our bodies. Being active doesn’t have to be about going to the gym. Get off the bus a stop or two early and walk the rest of the way. Consider becoming a dog walker or find a friend who likes to go for walks. Join a dance class or sports team. It’s always easier when it’s fun.
Learn your limits.
It can be difficult to say no, but taking on more than you can handle isn’t good for anyone, especially you.
Talk to someone you trust.
For more self-care options check out the Apps & Tools section. Sometimes help from a professional is needed, check out the Get Support section.