This comes from the London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Group I attended. I take no credit for the information I share here. Please also understand this information is being provided for informational purposes only, and I would strongly encourage you to speak with your doctor or health care professional if you have any questions about what you read here. I hope you will find the following information is beneficial.
Step One: Know when and how you are feeling stressed within your body
Step Two: Figure out why you are feeling stress - where is it coming from? What are the external and/or internal sources?
Step Three: Utilize Stress Reduction Strategies as follows:
Action: (What can you do about the situation?)
- Physical changes - is it possible to make physical changes in your environment?
- Be assertive - use "I" language, set boundaries, understand others
- Learn time management skills
- Problems solve, set priorities
- Leave the situation
Thinking: (How else can you think about the situation?)
- Re-frame situation - where's the silver lining here?
- Modify belief system - regarding work/pleasure etc. give yourself permission
- Use thought-stopping technique (ENOUGH!! Think of something pleasant)
- Set realistic expectations for yourself and others - you can only control you!
Self-Management: (How you can take care of body?)
- Do relaxation techniques
- Take time-outs - do deep breathing exercises hourly
- Get more sleep, drink less caffeine
- Eat nutritional foods/balanced meals
- Utilize social supports - see friends & loved ones
- Engage in humour and play frequently
Self care is crucial for all. Stress can affect your mental health so be self aware and take action. Social role modelling self-care is also important for children to witness as we encourage them to do these things as well.