Guest post from Sherry McClurkin

Tips to Stress Less

S = Slow Down!  Not everything is top priority.  Drop some things off the list; it’s ok.  On purpose, slow your movements and speech.  You’ll be amazed at how calming that is. 

T = Take a Break!  It’s not selfish; it’s self care.  You are more important than your tasks.  Take that walk, read that book, hold hands with a loved one, go to a movie, go out with friends.  Schedule fun into your life.

R = Refocus onto Relationships! Tasks aren’t what make life rewarding; relationships are.  Use activities as a way to have fun with those who matter to you.  Take advantage of being in the car with the kids or partner and talk; share the events of each other’s day.  Call a friend just because.

E = Eat Something Healthy!  Stress uses up vital nutrients in our bodies, so make sure you are replacing them daily.  Oh, and a little bit of quality chocolate is not a bad thing.

S = Sleep Well!  Have a regular bedtime and routine. That signals your brain to prepare for sleep.  When you get up, look at the sun; that signals your brain to get ready to work.

S = Seek Help!  Don’t even try to do it all on your own.  Your friends, family, and neighbors would probably love to help out and are waiting for you to ask . . . so ask. 

We all have stress.  It's a part of life.  However, too much stress suffocates and destroys. 

If that’s you or if feeling overwhelmed has become your “normal”, then consider contacting a mental health professional, such as me, to help you find better ways to cope.  You’ll be amazed at what a difference it can make.

Sherry McClurkin is a Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor and National Certified Counselor who runs her own private practice Salt and Light Counseling in Frederick, MD.


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