Recognizing and Managing Stress
By Alice King,
Masters in Counseling at George Mason University (GMU)
Below are just a few tips to help you identify and manage your stress.
First and foremost, naming an emotion. Identifying feelings of anger, sadness, worry, grief, stress, and uncertainty and putting a name to it.
Recognizing which aspects of this feeling you CAN control and which ones you CAN’T. This can include making a list at the end of the night of what is in my control and things I can do to make things better. You can also make a list of things you can’t control and want to let go of. Work towards focusing on the list of things you can control. Rip up the list of things you can’t control if it feels right!
Establishing and utilizing your support network. Family, friends, coworkers, children, neighbors, anyone in your life that you can lean on and express your feelings and emotions. It is so important not to hold things in and bury them deep. Having an outlet and someone to listen to you can be vital for your mental health. Find the people that want to be there for you and you the same for them.
Be honest with yourself and others about things that are going on in your life. There is nothing shameful about feelings of depression, anxiety, stress, etc. Discussing these topics brings together a sense of community and closeness. These feelings are extremely common, and not discussed enough.
Saying no to things that don’t serve you, without guilt.
Identifying and practicing self-care techniques that are beneficial to you. This may include getting outside, taking a walk, grabbing lunch or a drink with a friend, watching your favorite show, listening to your body (move it or rest it- whichever better serves YOU), read a book, play your favorite game, take a bath, meditate, deep breathing and focusing on actively decreasing your stress.
Utilizing mental health resources available and being specific when choosing a therapist. Finding someone with your cultural background might be important to you in assuring they can understand some of your lived experiences. Discontinuing sessions with a mental health provider that doesn’t service you or isn’t a good fit.
Putting yourself and your mental health first. Listen to what your body and your mind are telling you. Speaking kindly to yourself, writing down things you love about yourself, and recognizing when you’re no longer able to function without getting the professional help you need.
Mind & Wellness
The Transformative &
Healing Power of Yoga
By Steph Jones
Yoga and Fitness Instructor / CEO and Founder of Steph Yoga
During yoga, your brain releases all sorts of chemicals that help you to lower your stress and anxiety levels including, gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins. Each of which functions in its own way to help you calm down and feel better. Yoga also helps reduce stress by lowering your body’s cortisol and adrenaline levels, two critical stress hormones. The combination of poses, breathing, and meditation performed during yoga not only causes certain areas of your brain to increase or decrease in size but also affects your cognition as well as how you process your emotions, stress, and anxiety. All of which help you live a happier, healthier life.
About Steph | Steph Yoga
Steph Jones is a San Diego-based Yoga and Fitness Instructor who created the Steph Yoga Six-Week Body Transformation Program. Through infusing a variety of movement styles, Steph created Steph Yoga to awaken muscles in your body you never knew existed.
In 2018, Steph Yoga was born out of Steph's desire to inspire movement and heal herself from the tragedy of losing her father in 2014. Steph Yoga was created to empower women to move, strengthen their bodies, and discover their unique self-expression. Today Steph has led over 300 women through her Six-Week Body Transformation Program,