What can you do to manage stress in an adaptive & helpful way?
It is important to effectively observe and respond to the symptoms of chronic stress to maintain health and psychological balance. Research suggests that activities involving regular exercise, social activities, good nutrition, recreational activities and relaxation efforts are very effective in managing the toxic effects of chronic stress. Also, the use of counseling and medications prescribed by your healthcare provider can be very helpful to help “turn off the stress” and promote more adaptive behavior and healthier psychological functioning. It is also important to recognize stress symptoms and seek help from any or all of the following:
- Your healthcare provider
- Social service agencies, e.g., Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon
Proactive use of healthcare and social service resources will generally provide you and the family more stress relief and the quicker restoration of balance. The use of denial is not a stress reliever and generally makes things worse. In fact, it can be said that we use denial at our peril. Please seek assistance when needed. Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon would be delighted to discuss your needs or concerns and see if our network could be of assistance.