6.11.2020

Dealing With Stressful Life Events'

Dealing with stressful life events can take a considerable toll on our mental health. We all handle stress differently and react in our different ways. That doesn't mean we can't look for ways to help us deal with anything we are struggling with. Death, divorce, moving home, job losses, and more can increase our stress levels.
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Drawing on other people's experiences and your own to help you through a difficult time can be enough for some people. However, making sure we are taking care of ourselves physically and mentally is essential.
Seek support
One of the main ways to cope with stressful life events is to seek support from others. Regardless of what you are going through, there is support available. Help could be via a family member or a friend or you can look to others to support you in a more professional setting. Talk to a therapist, healthcare practitioner, or even a Divorce Attorney if you are struggling with the breakdown of a marriage.
It is important to remember you are not alone. Even the simple act of sharing what is troubling you can be enough to help you feel better about the situation even if no practical advice is offered.
Be proactive
Simply being passive when it comes to adverse life events isn't enough. Learn from past experiences and draw up a reliance that helps you manage how you react to future changes in your life that can affect your physical and mental health.
Draw up a plan, think through what is happening logically and digest it into small pieces to help you break it down, so it becomes more manageable for you. More significant events or situations can be daunting to face. But by being systematic and practical, you can help yourself to find a way through it one day at a time and take it at your own pace.
If you feel you cannot manage to do what needs to be done yourself, don't be afraid to ask for help. Stress can be a considerable burden and inhibit our ability to react rationally and with due process. Asking for help is a sign of strength rather than weakness and shows you are willing to do what needs to be done.
Practise self-care
Self-care is the act of making sure you are making yourself a priority. Allow yourself to feel what is happening and take steps to so you are looking after your physical and mental health. This could be removing yourself from the equation and taking some time away to be alone and relax as much as possible. Or, it could be taking 5 minutes to stop, relax, and recharge, ready to face the world again. Self-care mustn't be confused with selfishness. If you do not stop to give your mind and your body some attention, then you will run the risk of burning yourself out and making the situation worse than it needs to be.

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