Tips for Managing Stress

Stress.  It’s something we all have to deal with at one point or another.  You might be able to say I have been the Stress Queen over the last 15 months of PA school.  Juggling being a Physician Assistant student in an intense program with being a mom and wife has been challenging.  Add in Chris’ job and travel it has been at times overwhelming.  And I know I am not the only one.  In just a few weeks I am going to be helping to treat real patients with real stresses.  Honing my own personal skills has been important not only for myself but for my patients.  So today I am also sharing my tips for managing stress with all of you :)

Tips for Dealing with Stress

1.  Center Yourself

Great ways to manage stress include centering activities like yoga or meditation.  I have a mantra that I repeat to myself while sitting in a quiet room to help bring my focus inward.  Yoga is incredibly effective for me as well.  The second I start a class I can instantly feel the stress start rolling off my shoulders and out of my body.  These methods are particularly effective when I start feeling overwhelmed.

Yoga

2.  Break a GOOD Sweat

At the opposite end of the spectrum, sometimes a hard, heart pounding workout is the best thing for you.  Busting out a HIIT workout is how I manage anger-driven stress.  IE: when Chris tells me that he has to go out of town again.  In three days.  Oh and that means you have to cancel the clinic you were going to and have to find a sitter for a Saturday class.

Workouts

3.  Eat Right

I’ve told you guys this before but when I am stressed I turn to junk food which is not good.  Instead, focus on healthy foods so that you feel good.  Junk food can make you feel lethargic and just blah.  Couple that with intense stress and you have a pretty terrible combo.  So load up on fruits and veggies!

Fresh Fruits and Veggies

4.  Vent if You Need to

Whenever I need to just let it all out I either call Chris, my mom, or my best friend.  I give them a heads up at the beginning that I just need to get some things off my chest and I am not looking for them to fix it.  I just need to be able to share my feelings.  Invariably I feel a lot better after just airing it out.  If you don’t want to say it out loud I encourage you to write your feelings down.  It’s ok to feel your feelings and sometimes things just plain stink.  So get it out!

 

5.  Get Enough Sleep

Not getting enough sleep can just make your stress levels rise so make sure you are getting enough shut eye!  One of my biggest problems though is if I am SUPER stressed I find it really hard to go to sleep.  So I slather on some lavender oil and pop a RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melt into my mouth.  RESCUE Sleep Liquid Melts are a natural and homeopathic remedy to help ease you to sleep.

RESCUE Sleep Liquid

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What are your favorite ways to deal with stress?

 

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