There are several factors to consider when we look at how to manage stress. The first is to be aware of when we're going through difficult times. It's important to remember that even positive life changes can be stressful, so things like moving, getting a new job, getting married, even those can be stressful and it's important for us to be aware of that. The second thing to note is: what are your personal signs and symptoms of stress? Do you tend to have a difficult time falling asleep? Do you get sick more frequently? Do you notice pain in your neck and shoulders or stomach upset? Knowing how you in particular respond to stress can help you be aware when you're actually under stress. The third step is to practice really good self-care. This starts with physical practices like being conscious of our nutrition, exercise, sleep, hygiene, and then also considering other practices such as meditation, journaling, and making sure that we're connecting with family and friends. And the fourth thing to be aware of is to know when we get really overwhelmed that that's when it's important to reach out for professional support. Looking for a therapist, a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or even your primary care doctor to get additional support and resources when you're starting to feel really overwhelmed.
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