Find Comfort

Find comfort in your life. Explore places until you find somewhere that automatically takes the edge off your stress level. This could be a park, your garden, bookstore, restaurant, favorite coffee house, etc. It doesn’t matter where it is located all that matters is that the environment is comforting and relaxing to you. Visit this place as frequently as possible, pencil it into your schedule if needed.

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Learn Boundaries

Learn to set boundaries with other people including friends, parents, family professional contacts and co-workers. Overextending your time and mental/emotional capacity is not doing anyone any favors. You only have so many hours in the day; you must reserve time and space for yourself. Even if during this personal time, you are doing nothing but recharging.

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Tolerate Your Emotions

Emotions are not logical. Emotions do not control your behavior. For example, your can feel nervous and dreadful about giving a presentation in front of others but continue on and deliver the presentation anyway. Think of it as you are sky and your emotions are the weather.

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Jennifer Harp
Create Pockets of Peace

It is easy to become consumed with the day to day activities of life. We give pieces of ourselves to others throughout the day as we care take our children, spouses, careers, friends, family, homes and pets. Let’s face it, adulting can be exhausting. We need to create calm for ourselves whenever we can. In the hustle and bustle, it is not easy to pencil in time for ourselves however, it is imperative to create pockets of peace for yourself during the day.

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Cultivate Self-Awareness

Staying aware of your own needs and feelings is essential to your mental and emotional health. Vent stress as it begins to percolate. Little, small stress relievers throughout the day are more effective than a big emotional explosion once a week. Think of shaking a bottle of soda, then slowly unscrewing. Recognizing all your emotions is a first step in managing them. Know your limits and be unashamed about setting boundaries. Saying “no” is a skill we all need for self perseverance.

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Get Balanced

Health centers around balance. Mental health is no exception. Be deliberate about how you spend your time; it is an incredibly valuable resource that none of us are getting any more of. Maintain balance between your normal responsibilities and the things you enjoy. Work and play are equally important. Incorporate what you love into your daily routine so you have something to look forward to each day.

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