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Stress Management Techniques

Mental health has declined since the COVID-19 pandemic. This is likely attributed to factors such as job insecurity, financial pressures, and the rising influence of social media. The Global Mind Project released their annual Mental State of the World report. They found that in 2023 mental wellbeing persisted at the low levels observed following the pandemic, showing no progress toward returning to pre-pandemic conditions. The observed decline in mental health, noted across eight countries, stood out more among the younger generations..Young adults are at the forefront of destigmatizing mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. They actively seek therapy and utilize various self-care and stress management techniques more than prior generations. They are also more likely than previous generations to acknowledge the importance of mental health and to pursue strategies that increase their well-being. Still, managing daily stressors can be a challenge, and often require some attention throughout the day. 

Here are some low-cost, effective strategies to cope with the pressures of modern life:

Meditation: Engaging in meditation for just 10 minutes a day can help center thoughts and reduce stress by focusing on the present moment. Through practices such as deep breathing or guided imagery individuals can gain a sense of calm and clarity, which can improve their emotional wellbeing.

Digital Detox: Taking regular breaks from digital devices can significantly reduce stress levels. Setting aside specific times during the day or designating tech-free zones in the home encourages more direct social interactions and activities.

Physical Activity: Regular exercise is a powerful stress reliever. Whether it’s a brisk walk, yoga, or a more intense workout, physical activity releases endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. It also helps to improve sleep and self-esteem.

Social Support: Maintaining a strong social network is important for stress relief. Sharing concerns with friends, family, or support groups can provide emotional support and practical advice to navigate stressful situations. 

Self-Love: Practicing self-love involves treating oneself with the same kindness, concern, and support one would offer a good friend. This can be achieved through mindfulness and recognizing one’s feelings without judgment. Self-compassion promotes emotional resilience, and can reduce the impact of stress, anxiety, and depression. 

Incorporating these strategies into daily routines serves as a vital form of self-care. It is important to allocate time for oneself to unwind and decompress. Engaging in such practices aids in managing stress and anxiety, and contributes to improving overall mental wellbeing.

Written by:

Alexandria Jones-Patten, PhD, MBA, RN, PMH-BC

Freelance Writer, Owner

Authored by AJP, LLC

www.authoredbyajp.org

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