How to Manage Stress

Wednesday April 11th, 2018

We all experience stress throughout our daily lives. Whether you have recently finished writing the Literacy Test, are awaiting acceptance letters to post secondary institutions, or are trying to juggle various other responsibilities, knowing how to manage stress is a valuable skill to learn.

The Cambridge Pregnancy Resource/Dawn Centre desires to see each individual thriving physically, emotionally, spiritually, and relationally. Our overall sense of wellbeing can improve when we identify what is causing our stress levels to increase and understand how we can deal with stress in a healthy way.

So, what can you do when you find yourself in the midst of a stressful decision, situation, or season?

  • Check in with yourself to see what triggers your stress (i.e. beginning/ending relationships, moving, changing jobs, school, etc.)
  • Seek to find solutions: Break down the concern(s) into manageable and achievable goals or tasks
  • Talk to a trusted person in your life (i.e. parent, friend, teacher, health care professional)
  • Practice relaxation techniques (i.e. exercise, stretching, deep breathing, etc.)
  • Change your focus for a while: Spend time engaging in activities you enjoy in order to give your mind and body a break

 

Every person deals with stressors in different ways. Consider what methods of reducing stress will work best for you. Remember to give yourself grace throughout the process – learning takes time!

This information was adapted from the Government of Canada’s “Mental Health – Coping with Stress” website. For more information, please visit: https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/services/healthy-living/your-health/lifestyles/your-health-mental-health-coping-stress-health-canada-2008.html