5 Tips for Managing Stress

The Global Organization for Stress reports that 75% of Americans admit that they have been extremely stressed in the last 30 days. According to The American Institute of Stress, 77% of U.S. adults say stress impacts their physical health and interrupts their productivity. 

At Flux Psychology in Denver, Colorado, licensed clinical psychologist Andrea Liner, PsyD, offers comprehensive stress management counseling to help you get to the root cause of your stress. With the cause identified, she works with you to tailor a treatment plan so you can deal with the stress without letting it overtake your life.

Common causes of stress

Some of the most well-known sources of stress are:

Another frequently cited cause of stress is the need to make a big decision and the fear that you won’t choose well.

Symptoms of stress

Stress can take a real toll on you physically. Some of the associated symptoms include:

When you’re feeling stress, you may find that you’re disagreeable and discontent even when you don’t intend to be.

Top 5 tips for managing stress

At Flux Psychology, we work with you to help you cope with stress in productive ways. 

Keep these helpful tips in mind for managing stress.

Exercise

Moving your body through regular exercise is a proven way to lower your stress levels, boost your energy levels, and improve your mood.

Avoid alcohol

Having a drink provokes an excess release of cortisol, which upends your brain chemistry and the way your brain responds to stress. Try some calming tea instead. 

Turn off the news

Constantly watching the news or scrolling through social media can have a negative emotional impact. Limit your exposure.

Breathe deeply

Slow down for a few minutes each day with purposeful deep breathing — you can also incorporate meditation, yoga, tai chi, or prayer. Breathing deeply amps up the oxygen supply in your brain and taps into your parasympathetic nervous system, making you feel more relaxed and tranquil.

Eliminate your triggers

Dr. Liner works with you to identify what’s prompting your stress. She can help arm you with strategies to remove those triggers. 

Through highly personal psychotherapy sessions, Dr. Liner helps you master stress in productive ways that don’t undermine your personal life, your health, or your career.

To learn more about how to ease your stress and optimize your health, contact Flux Psychology by calling the office or requesting an appointment online. Due to COVID-19, we offer virtual therapy options through our secure telehealth platform.

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