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Better Ways to Stand Up Stress

By Sandy Schroeder

In today's world, stress seems to show up almost daily. If you are running out of ways to cope with it, the Mayo Clinic has some good advice on resilience. 
I do OK with a few stressful hits, but when they just keep coming I am tempted to head for the hills! If you can relate, here are some ways to bounce back.   

Serious illness, loss of a loved one, or financial challenges can undermine most people as they eat or drink too much, just freeze in place, or watch their blood pressure spike. Finding ways to adapt to difficult situations and harness your inner strength can make all of the difference. You may feel grief, anger or pain, but be able to keep going physically and psychologically with enough resilience. 

Being resilient can protect you from depression and anxiety and avoid being bullied. The Mayo Clinic staff suggest some good approaches.

Ways to Build Resilience 

Here are some ways to start building up resilience to stress. 

Reach out for support - Stay connected with family and friends to have help when you need it. Broaden your connections by joining positive community groups and volunteering wherever you can.  

Make each day count - Choose projects that are rewarding to you and keep looking for more ways to be effective. Post calendar dates and goals to keep moving forward. 

Put everything in perspective - Think of how you have managed difficult situations in the past. Remember the times that you listened carefully to soothe people's feelings. Or perhaps you used your skills to change negative situations into positive ones.  

Look for the positives - We cannot change the past but we can accept change and look for good things in new events. Everything continues to evolve and sometimes that can turn out to be better. Listen carefully and be open to whatever the future brings. 

Cut yourself some slack - When too many things challenge us, it is easy to ignore our own needs and feelings. Instead of just plowing ahead, take time for reading or hobbies. Get outside and exercise every day. Try yoga, meditation, or deep breathing to soothe your mind and body. 

Get help if you need it - If you are not making progress, seek professional help. See your doctor for references and make the time to get help with your issues.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Universal City, Tex. 

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