STRESS AND COPING CENTER:
Visit Nemours Kids stress and coping center for advice on how to handle stress, including different stressful situations.
Coping skills are essential for good mental health and wellness. Coping skills are strategies that one utilizes to decrease the negative effects of stressful experiences.
Types of Coping Strategies include:
Slow and steady breathing will increase oxygen to your brain and body, bringing both to a calmer state. Examples: deep breathing, breath focus
What we say to ourselves can cause us to feel more or less anxious/stressed. Stay calm and remind yourself that you CAN slow down, you CAN relax, you CAN handle it. Examples: “I can do this”, “One step at a time”.
If you shift your focus onto something else, your mind will not be able to maintain that stressful/anxious state for long. Examples: writing, drawing, painting, listening to music, watching an engaging video/movie, employing a hobby – like photography, etc.
Having strong social ties helps us to navigate those stressful times. Spend time with people you enjoy. Surround yourself with positive people. Consider talking to someone you trust about what you’re experiencing.
Physical release when stress is heightened reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol. Examples: laughing, punching bag, progressive muscle relaxation
STRATEGIES FOR GENERAL WELLNESS:
As important as a balanced diet and regular exercise, our bodies and minds need a full 8 hours of sleep for optimal performance. Commit to a regular sleep schedule.
Exercising for at least 45 minutes 3 days per week reduces the level of cortisol in our bodies, increases the feel-good chemicals like serotonin and dopamine, and promotes better quality sleep.
You are what you eat, so be sure to indulge in plenty of fruits, vegetables, and complex carbohydrates every day. Employ the 8x8 rule for water intake - eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day.
Mindful meditation reduces stress and improves memory, cardiovascular health, and overall wellness.