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Online Counselor: How to Effectively Handle Stress

Stress is part of our daily life, and proper coping and handling improve critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and strong defenses. We experience stress everyday in school, workplace, home, community, and our overall environment. Stress can be positive or negative, and the basis would be the signs and symptoms a person is exhibiting. We have our own ways of coping wherein some people deal with stress by drinking alcohol, taking illegal drugs, overeating, sleeping for hours, or wants to be alone, while others venture in meaningful and productive activities such as gardening, exercising, playing chess, or cleaning. So how should we handle stress in an effective and appropriate manner?

There are many ways to cope with stress such as enjoying more sleep, exercising, talking to someone, writing a stress diary, time management, developing optimistic attitude, taking control of the problem, engaging in spiritual or religious activities, researching, and seeking professional help. Sleep deprivation is one of the major manifestations of stress either work-related, relationship issues, financial problems, or other personal issues, and it can become a vicious cycle, interrupting your sleeping pattern. Learn ways to enjoy a good night sleep by taking relaxation techniques such as taking a warm bath, learning yoga, reading the Bible or something inspiring, watching inspirational videos on Youtube, viewing your family album, having a warm bath, drinking a glass of milk before bed time, and learning breathing exercises. It is important to avoid taking any food or beverages containing alcohol or caffeine, and limit using your phone, tablet, or other gadgets for at least an hour before bed time. Communicating your problems can help in unleashing your burden and stress, so one of the best ways to lighten or eliminate your stress is to talk to someone like your spouse, to a trusted friend, a family member, or better yet to a professional counselor who can be objective in his responses and can give you a sound advice on stress management techniques.

Experts recommend one of the best stress management tools which are writing a stress diary so you are able to release the tension in your body and you become aware of the events or situations leading to your stress. In your stress diary, write down your feelings and emotions of the stressful episode and don’t forget to take note of the date, time, and location of each stressful situation and also write the persons you were with and what you were doing at that time. Divert your stress in more meaningful activities rather than being negative and thinking the bad side. Do not hesitate to contact a professional online counselor for a more personalized approach to handling your stress.