What is stress and how can we manage it?

Stress happens.

In fact, according to the Mayo Clinic, “stress is a normal psychological and physical reaction to the demands a life.” The Mayo Clinic even states that a small amount of stress can be good for you, and can help motivate you to perform well. However, for some people, what could seem like a minor challenge to you could push another person beyond their breaking point or affect their ability to cope.

Why do we stress?

The National Institute of Mental Health says stress affects everyone. As stated before, there can be stress that stems from the pressure of daily responsibilities such as work, school, and family other things. The NIH also states stress can be brought about by a sudden negative change like losing a job or a divorce. Trauma can also be a factor of stress after experience a major accident, war, assault, or a type of natural disaster. There is no exact reason why people stress because different people experience stress differently. While the Mayor Clinic stated that a small amount of stress can actually be good you do need to be wary of long-term stress. The NIH says long-term stress can harm your health.

Ways to manage stress 

With there being so many things that can cause stress; there are just as many ways to relieve it. Family Link Therapist Carl Keller says it all depends on what kind of person you are. He says if you are someone who likes staying fit or enjoys exercising, he suggests going on a run. If you are more of a creative person, he believes having a creative outlet can often help relieve stress. Keller even says doing things that bring you joy or comfort like reading or listening to music. He says those activities can also help with relieving stress.

YCC’s Family Link Program 

The Family Link program provides professional and compassionate short-term, outpatient counseling services to families with children ages 6-17 who are experiencing concerns that could disrupt the health and stability of the family. These services are available at no cost to residents of Baker, Clay, Duval, St. Johns, and Nassau counties through appointments at the child’s school or other community locations. Click to learn more about Family Link and the 5 Ways to Strengthen Your Family. All Family Link counseling sessions are confidential. To learn more about services, please call (904) 720-0007.

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