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Tips for Managing Stress

Everyone experiences stress. Stress can come from positive experiences and changes, as well as, negative experiences or changes. The existence of stress is not necessarily problematic, in fact, stress has many functions including helping you to avoid real threats, motivation, to help you focus, and improve performance. Experiencing high levels of stress over long periods of time is what is dangerous to our mental and physical well being. You can read more about the purpose and effects of stress from WebMD here.

Keeping that in mind, it makes sense for us to manage our stress levels to ensure our physical and mental well being. The following are some tips you can utilize to help manage stress:

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Moral Injury or Burnout?

Burnout is a term that has been used to describe a condition professionals in the field and caregivers have experienced related to their work. With the emergence of the COVID19 pandemic, are we accurately categorizing what professionals and caregivers are feeling when we use the term burnout?

The past few years have seen growing attention to the term “moral injury.” This term may more accurately describe what many are experiencing globally as they struggle to maintain high standards of patient care.

Relias has put together a mental health toolkit for providers and in it are a number of blog posts and webinars that explore the concepts of burnout and moral injury, as well as, why using the right term matters. You can find that toolkit here.

Disclaimer: Know Your Why does not specifically endorse the services provided by Relias nor are we receiving any form of compensation for mentioning and linking their content

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Got a worry? Check out WorryMuncher!

When browsing Reddit we came across a novel site-WorryMuncher. WorryMuncher invites you to share a current worry you are carrying and through some inspirational messages and animations, encourages you to let it go. So simple, yet appeared to be loved by those who came across it we reached out to its creator to learn more. Check out WorryMuncher and if you would like to learn more about it read below.

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Gratitude

A term you see used frequently this time of year is “gratitude.” Gratitude is important to those in recovery for various reasons. However, people on a recovery journey are not the only ones who can derive benefits from understanding and practicing gratitude. Learning to practice gratitude yields positive outcomes for our mental health and helps us find a deeper connection with our spiritual wellbeing.

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Finding Mindfulness

According to Merriam Webster, mindfulness is the practice of maintaining a nonjudgmental state of heightened or complete awareness of one’s thoughts, emotions, or experiences on a moment-to-moment basis. Practicing mindfulness can help use ease stress of our hectic lives day to day, improve memory, increase awareness, lower anxiety, lower reactivity, and help use manage physical sensations like pain amongst other wellness benefits. Read below for some ideas on practicing mindfulness.

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Asking for Help

Read below for some information and thoughts on asking for help. Originally this entry was going to be the last in our previously posted series about anger, however, we felt this topic should be featured on its own.

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Box Breathing/Square Breathing

Read below for some more information on a brief and easy to learn breathing technique you may find helpful in stressful situations

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Resources-Self Care

 

Read below for some information and links to valuable self care resources and fact sheets that are great during a public health emergency (and other times as well!)

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