By Franklin Y, a volunteer with the Edgemont Youth Press
Stress is one of the biggest motivators in modern day society. Every day we are exposed to challenging situations and caught into the daily hustle of society. Although stress is a necessary reaction to survive, being exposed to too much stress can lead to harmful effects on our physical and mental well being. It is important to develop strategies and habits to cope with increasing stress. Here are some potential coping mechanisms:
- Time Management – During the pandemic, procrastination was brought to the forefront of societal discussions. Procrastination can cause stress to build up, especially when deadlines are approaching. To avoid this, you can start a schedule or a timetable to manage when you will work on what tasks.
- Seek Help – Friends and family serve a very important support role in your life. Talking to friends and family about your stress opens you up to support and serves as an outlet for expressing your feelings. Family and friends can help you cope with your stress, but at times, it may also be important to seek professional help. Do not feel afraid to speak to a therapist about your stress. They can often provide helpful coping strategies and tips for you to try.
- Physical Activity – Engaging in physical activities releases endorphins in your body. These endorphins are natural stress relievers. Furthermore, doing something like playing sports or exercising can help take your mind off a stressful situation and help you maintain a healthy body in the long-run.
Remember, in the end, it is important to take care of ourselves. Maintaining healthy habits and managing stress in healthy ways is vital and important to our everyday lives.