Best Tips for Managing Stress
Stress. It’s a fact of modern life, and we’re facing more of it than ever. We spoke with Dr. Katherine Sanchez, Associate Professor of Social Work at University of Texas at Arlington, and Chris Calitz, National Executive Portfolio Lead for Health and Wellbeing at American Heart Association, who shared practical ways for managing stress.
Pick up the phone! Set aside time to connect with people you care about through a simple phone call or video chat to help relieve stress. Use the time for a healthy vent session or take your mind off what’s bothering you. Explore more ways that are helpful for managing stress on our blog.
When you work from home, does your work, personal time and family time blend together? Try establishing boundaries for easier mental separation. For instance, clock in and out of work or studying at regular hours and shut the door to your workspace at the end of the day. “This will remind you that work is work and home is home, and help you be more present,” Dr. Sanchez says.
If you need a go-to stress-relieving activity—exercise. “Every little bit helps. Even if it’s a 10-minute walk around the block, being outside is so important for your mood,” says Dr. Sanchez. The exposure to sunlight also boosts your vitamin D, Chris adds.
Note: Since everyone’s health history and nutritional needs are so different, please make sure that you talk with your doctor and a registered dietitian to get advice about the diet and exercise plan that‘s right for you.