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OVERCOMING STRESS & ANXIETY | Print |

Below is information that has been re-printed from WebMD (www.webmd.com) on handling stress  and anxiety.   If you are having problems  with stress and anxiety, and need to talk with a trained professional,  please call the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-3675.   Our Behavioral Health Access & Information Line is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.   If you need assistance after those hours, please call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.

WAYS TO AVOID STRESS

According to WebMD, stress is a part of life and you can't always avoid it.   But you can try to avoid situations that can cause stress and anxiety, and you can control how you respond to it.   The first step is knowing your own coping strategies.   Try using a stress journal to record stressful events, your response to them, and how you coped.

After knowing what is causing your stress, try making some changes in your life that will help you avoid stressful situations.  

Below are a few ideas:

MANAGE YOUR TIME

Time management is a way to find the time for more of the things you want and need to do.   It helps you decide which things are urgent and which can wait.   Managing your time can make your life easier, less stressful, and more meaningful

LOOK AT YOUR LIFESTYLE

The choices that you make about the way you live affect your stress level.   Your lifestyle may not cause stress on its own, but it can prevent your body from recovering from it.   You should try and do the following:

  • Find a balance between personal, work, and family needs. ¬† This isn't easy. ¬† Start by looking at how you spend your time. ¬† Maybe there are things that you don't need to do at all.
  • Have a sense of purpose in life. ¬† Many people find meaning through connections with family, friends, jobs, or volunteer work.
  • Get enough sleep. ¬† Your body recovers from the stresses of the day while you are sleeping.
  • Adopt healthy habits. ¬† Eat a healthy diet, limit how much alcohol you drink, and don't smoke. ¬† Staying healthy is your best defense against stress.
  • Exercise. ¬† Even moderate exercise, such as taking a daily walk, can reduce stress.

GET SUPPORT

Support in your life from family, friends, and your community has a big impact on how you experience stress, and can help you stay healthy.   It can be hard to seek help, but doing so does not mean that you are weak.   If you are feeling stressed, consider seeking support from the following:

  • Family & friends
  • Co-workers or people that you know through hobbies or other interests
  • A professional counselor
  • Church members or member of the clergy
  • Employee assistance program at work or stress management classes
  • Support groups

CHANGE YOUR THINKING

According to WebMD, stressful events can make you feel bad about yourself.   You might start focusing on the bad and not the good in a situation.   That's called negative thinking.   It can make you feel afraid, insecure, depressed, or anxious.   It's also common to feel a lack of control or self-worth.   Dealing with negative thoughts and the way you see things can help to reduce stress.   Below are some ideas:

  • Positive thinking - this helps you to cope with a problem by changing the way you think. ¬† How you think affects how you feel.
  • Problem solving - helps ¬†you to identify all aspects of a stressful event, find things you may be able to change, and deal with you can't change. ¬† ¬†
  • Assertive communications - helps you to express how you feel in a thoughtful, tactful way. ¬† Not being able to talk about your needs and concerns creates stress and can make negative feelings worse.

SEEK HELP  

If you are having problems  with stress and anxiety, and need to talk with a trained professional,  please call the Fulton County Department of Behavioral Health & Developmental Disabilities at (404) 613-3675.   Our Behavioral Health Access & Information Line is available Monday thru Friday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.   If you need assistance after those hours, please call the Georgia Crisis & Access Line at 1-800-715-4225.

If you have a child that is experiencing stress and anxiety, please call our Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center at (404) 762-4111   You also may visit their website at www.oakhillkids.org.   The Fulton County Oak Hill Child, Adolescent & Family Center provides behavioral health services to youth between the ages of 0 to 21 years old.   The  facility is located on a secure 22-acre campus at 2799 Metropolitan Parkway in Atlanta.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

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