Tips for de-stressing your life

Being overwhelmed with work, school, family and friends can be a major cause of stress for many Americans, but there are some easy ways to help de-stress without making major lifestyle changes or taking medication.

Being overwhelmed with work, school, family and friends can be a major cause of stress for many Americans, but there are some easy ways to help de-stress without making major lifestyle changes or taking medication.

Lighten your load

Tonya Michele Watts, a licensed professional clinical counselor with Restoring Hope Counseling Services in Canton, said that stress often is a result of having too much on your plate, and that prioritizing may be a simple way to lessen the burden.

“If you’re overwhelmed with all the things you’re doing, try to triage all your responsibilities—look at what you have to do and what you can take off your plate, what you can organize better. A lot of times, schedules and consistency play a big part in helping people cope better with day-to-day living,” Watts said.

Stay positive

It’s also clear that having a more positive outlook on life and using positivity techniques, such as what Watts calls “positive self talk,” can help people de-stress.

“A lot of times what we’re doing is we’re telling ourselves that we can’t do something or that everything is going to turn out for the worse. A lot of times, we make things a lot worse in our minds than they really are. So instead of meditating on the negative, whenever a negative thought comes into your mind, try to counteract it with a positive thought.”

Focus on physical well-being

Watts also said that exercise, breathing techniques and practicing yoga are simple ways to combat everyday stress.