Watch these to learn how a person might feel if there are experiencing a mental health issue or mental disorder.

Tools to Manage Stress

Taking action is the first step. Ignoring how stress is affecting us can lead to other mental health problems. But there is no one way to deal with stress. The tips below are common strategies that are helpful for many people. Try them out and see what works best for you. Remember to look at long-term and short-term solutions when you are dealing with stress.

Identify the problem

Is your job, school or a relationship causing you stress? Maybe unimportant surface problems are hiding something you are not dealing with? Once you know what the real problem is, you can do something about it.

Solve problems as they come up

What can you do, and what are the possible outcomes? Would that be better or worse than doing nothing? Remember, sometimes solving a problem means doing the best you can – even if it isn’t perfect – or asking for help. Once you’ve decided on a solution, divide the steps into things you can handle and work on one piece at a time.

Talk about your problems

You may find it helpful to talk about your stress. Family and friends may not realize that you are having a hard time. Once they understand, they may be able to help in two different ways. First, they can just listen. Second, they may have ideas to help you solve or deal with a problem. If you need to talk to someone who is not a close friend or family member, your school counselor, family doctor or other professionals are a good place to start.
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Learn helpful thinking strategies

The way you think about situations affects the way you respond to them. Unhelpful thoughts, such as believing that everything must be perfect or expecting the worst possible outcome, can make problems seem bigger than they really are.

Other things you can do to help manage your stress are
  • Get plenty of rest and sleep
  • Eat healthy and drink water
  • Make time for yourself – put aside at least 30 minutes a day to do something you enjoy
  • Practice deep breathing
  • Play sports, try yoga or exercise
  • Do something creative
  • Read
  • Listen to music or play an instrument
  • Spend time with a pet
  • Think positively
  • Laugh, keep a good sense of humor
  • Leave a stressful situation
  • Manage your time
  • Try to stay organized
  • Talk to someone
  • Ask for help

Check out these online resources.They may help you manage the things that cause you stress.
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