Understanding U

Chronic Stress

It’s difficult to stay healthy and energized when stress is a daily reality.

Chronic Stress can damage your body, threaten your mental health, put a strain on relationships, and take the joy out of life.

But, don’t surrender to stress!

  1.  Move Your Body
    • Rhythmic, repeated motion is particularly soothing to the mind and body. Movement helps relieve tension, improves circulation, and clears your mind.
  2. Practice Yoga
    • Therapy and yoga are good ways to decrease stress and anxiety, increase energy, and boost the immune system.
      • They also give U more stamina – needed in stressful times – and improve the quality of your sleep.
  3. Have Perspective
    • Don’t be so quick to conclude U can’t handle a stressful situation.
      • This is truly a mind-over-matter opportunity.
        1. Believing that U are strong and resourceful actually makes U stronger and more resourceful.
    • Don’t give into negative self-talk about not having what it takes to manage life.
  4. Get into Nature
    • Head to the park or the woods to help lower your blood pressure, strengthen your immune system, reduce tension and depression, and boost your mood.
      • Strive to leave the cellphone and earbuds at home.
  5. Change the Nature of Your Response
    • Taking an active, problem-solving approach to life’s challenges relieves stress and can transform it into something positive.
    • If U withdraw, deny the problem, or spend all your time venting, U will feel helpless.
      • Instead, be determined to make a change, put effort into it, and plan for better results.
  6. Practice Slow, Deep Breathing
    • Start applying the power of deep breathing every day.
      • Start small by taking 3 deep breaths each time U sit down at your desk in the morning, after breaks, after lunch, and so on.
        1. It will help U become more patient, calm and relaxed.
  7. Block Time for Single-Tasking
    • Each day, schedule time in your calendar for focusing exclusively on one task.
      • This task should be important to U.

Remember YOUR THOUGHTS have a strong influence over stress levels. What U choose to think about, or not think about, dictates how your body and mind react to everyday life.

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