The Beginner’s Guide to Counseling

Online Counseling: Learn Effective Ways in Managing Your Stress

Stress is a real thing existing in our daily lives, and with proper handling and coping strategies, it can help improve critical thinking, problem-solving skills, and strong defenses. We encounter stress not only in our family dealings, but more so outside our homes such as the workplace, school, social circle, and the general community we are involved with. Stress can be positive or negative, and the basis would be the signs and symptoms a person is exhibiting. Every person has his own ways of coping with stress, and some venture in meaningful and productive activities such as gardening, exercising, playing chess, or cleaning, while others drink alcohol, smoke, eat a lot, sleep for hours, or resort to drugs. So how do we deal with stress positively?

There are many ways to cope with stress such as enjoying more sleep, exercising, talking to someone, writing a stress diary, time management, developing optimistic attitude, taking control of the problem, engaging in spiritual or religious activities, researching, and seeking professional help. A person can be stressed by work-related problems, relationship issues, financial problems, or other personal issues, and it can result in sleep deprivation becoming a vicious cycle and interrupting normal sleeping pattern. Learn ways to enjoy a good night sleep by taking relaxation techniques such as taking a warm bath, learning yoga, reading the Bible or something inspiring, watching inspirational videos on Youtube, viewing your family album, having a warm bath, drinking a glass of milk before bed time, and learning breathing exercises. It is important to avoid taking any food or beverages containing alcohol or caffeine, and limit using your phone, tablet, or other gadgets for at least an hour before bed time. You can lower your stress by communicating what you are thinking and feeling, so talk to a trusted friend, your spouse, a relative, or to a professional counselor who can be objective in his responses and can give you a sound advice on how to best manage your stress.

A stress diary is a good and effective stress management tool allowing you to release the tension from your body by becoming aware of the events or situations leading to your stress. In your stress diary, take note of the date, time, and location of each stressful situation, and also write the persons you were with and what you were doing at that time. Divert your stress in more meaningful activities rather than being negative and thinking the bad side. Do not hesitate to contact a professional online counselor for a more personalized approach to handling your stress.