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4 Tips To Reduce Stress and Anxiety

One of my 2020 goals is to be intentional about my actions, in order to reduce stress and anxiety that has become a part of my life. It is easy going through each day and getting worked up about each and every thing that goes wrong. It’s easy to let one thing that happens in the morning set your entire day up for either success or failure, but if you take it slow and focus on managing your stress and anxiety, you can make each day a bit better than the last. Here are my top 4 tips to help reduce your stress and anxiety one day at a time.

Take It One Day At A Time

Take it one day at a time. Yes, you heard me – take it one day, one minute, one hour, or whatever “one” you need at a time. If you are in a situation that typically stresses you out, figure out what you need in order to make it through while limiting that stress. You can do this! What will make you more comfortable? Is it an event that is stressing you out? Consider bringing a friend (if possible), or maybe sending in your regrets. Really, take every day and every situation one day, or thing at a time, and you will see a huge improvement in your stress and anxiety. I used to be the person that planned out my entire month at a time…and sometimes I still am this way to a certain extent, but if I notice that I’m overfilling my calendar, or if I am starting to have anxiety about getting it all done, I try backing off a bit and reducing my load. 

Do Something For Yourself Each Day

Next up: do something for yourself each day. Why is this important? Because if you are all work and no play, it is extremely easy to get stressed out, burnt out, and fed up with whatever you are doing. The way to limit this is by implementing balance within your life. Work-life balance, balance during our motherhood (or grandma) journey, balance with everything. The things that you do for yourself do not have to be big. You do not have to go to the spa everyday, or spend your monthly budget on clothing items. What I mean by this is to just do something that you enjoy, something that relieves stress. Maybe this is a bubble bath at the end of each night, a glass of wine, a new book to read, or even a cup of coffee on your back porch each morning without any interruptions. Whatever it is, make it happen for yourself – start enjoying your life each and everyday, starting with doing something (or things) for yourself!

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Fuel Your Body

Fueling your body is extremely important when it comes to feeling great and reducing your stress and anxiety. A lot of the time, how you feel inside directly affects how you feel on the outside. So, if what you are eating (and drinking) is messing with how your brain functions, it could flare up your feelings of anxiety. Fuel your body with healthy foods and beverages that not only help your health flourish, but make you feel good on the inside and out, as well.

 

Find A Great Counselor

Finding a great counselor is very beneficial, as well. When you are feeling overwhelmed, when you have a life change or challenge, or when you need someone to talk with, a professional counselor can be essential. Ray of Hope Counseling Services could be the place for you when it comes to finding someone to help you through your challenging moments in life. Each therapist at Ray of Hope Counseling Services is licensed and educated to provide an excellent level of care. In addition to their licenses, the therapists at Ray of Hope Counseling Services also have additional training and/or hold certifications in their specialty area(s). The staff has diversified professional work background and experiences that help them treat a wide variety of issues and they always strive to help their clients meet their life changes and challenges in a comfortable and supportive environment. 

The reason why using a therapist that has a professional and personal understanding of your problems or issues is important is because they not only fully understand what you are going through, but they add a great deal of empathy when counseling their clients through the hard times. For example, Lynn Thompson Umstead is the Clinical Director at Ray of Hope Counseling Services and due to her own personal struggles with infertility, she can help you navigate through the same experiences with more understanding compared to a counselor that has never had any experience when it comes to infertility issues. 

If you look on their website, you will be able to view all of the therapists and see where they are located and what their areas of expertise are, which makes it extremely easy. Ray of Hope Counseling Services offers therapy in Lawrenceville, Alpharetta, Kennesaw, Marietta, Athens, Peachtree City, Canton, Conyers, as well as online therapy.

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