Some Helpful Ways to Manage Stress When You’re Struggling

  • Posted at Dec 28, 2023
  • Written by Rebecca
Some Helpful Ways to Manage Stress When You’re Struggling

Everyone experiences stress from time to time. It’s normal to be stressed, specifically when you are overwhelmed, overworked, or are going through a lot emotionally, physically, or mentally. But, living with high levels of stress can be debilitating to daily life, impact school and work obligations, and even interfere with relationships. It can be helpful to identify first what is causing stress. Then, practice healthy ways to manage stress. This way, the next time you’re feeling overly stressed, you can utilize these methods to hopefully feel better.

Identifying Why You’re Feeling Stressed

It’s important for you to better understand why you may be feeling overly stressed. When you can recognize why you’re stressing, you can manage the things that are in your life that may be leading to stress. For example, if you realize that you are stressed by overwhelming social responsibilities, you can work on setting boundaries in your relationships that will allow you to have more time for yourself and fewer social obligations. Some reasons that you may feel stressed include:

Finances: Many people stress because they are worried about how they will pay their bills or upcoming financial responsibilities. Looming debt can also lead to stress. Furthermore, many people may feel that they aren’t where they need to be in life financially due to societal pressure.

Relationships: It can be stressful to deal with relationship issues like unsupportive parents, an unfaithful partner, friends you can’t rely on, etc. So, living with relationships that have turned tumultuous can become overwhelmingly stressful.

Work and School: Jobs and education can place unwanted stress on individuals as there can be overwhelming workloads and responsibilities, leaving little time for self-care or fun. This added pressure can lead to debilitating stress levels.

Anxiety Disorders: People living with anxiety disorders may experience high levels of stress for no reason at all. They may wake up feeling anxious and stressed even if everything in their lives is going seemingly normal and even well.

Helpful Ways to Manage Stress

Some helpful ways to manage everyday stress in your life can include:

Mindfulness Techniques: Mindfulness techniques involve a mindset of living in the present moment free of judgment. This mindset can help to relieve stress as you focus on the present rather than worrying about the past or what lies ahead in the future. Some techniques include mindfulness meditation, yoga, and breathing exercises.

Reaching Out to Loved Ones: When you’re overly stressed, it’s easy to bottle up these emotions. So, it can be helpful and healing to talk to someone you love who is supportive and non-judgemental about what you’re dealing with. Simply letting out what you’re dealing with may help you feel valid in how you’re feeling. And, may allow you to work through some of these emotions.

Getting Outside and Exercising: Getting moving and being out in nature are two great ways to deal with unwanted emotions, including stress and anxiety. So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed, while it may be hard to put something else on your schedule, try getting outside for a walk. Or, doing something to move your body like going for a run or a swim. Both being in nature and exercising can produce endorphins that are crucial for mood management, which can combat feelings of stress.

Getting Help With Managing Stress and Anxiety Through Treatment

While living with stress is normal and part of the human experience, if you find that you are stressed more often than not, this may be a sign that you’re dealing with something more than stress. Anxiety disorders traditionally come with several symptoms, but the main one is high levels of stress.

So, if you’ve tried everything you can to deal with stress and are still suffering, it may be a sign that you need professional help as your stress may be due to an anxiety disorder. Find out how Yellowbrick helps emerging adults living with anxiety through professional mental health services on our website. And, reach out to us if you’re ready to start getting the help you need.

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