Wow I’ve been posting quite a few video clips on here lately. Well here is another one. Earlier this month I offered a free webinar on How to Manage Stress Better. In case you were unable to attend, we had a wonderful guest presenter from the Bellevue College Counseling Center, Ms. Katherine Colles, come and speak on the topic. She presented some good relaxation techniques and walks you through one in particular. Enjoy.
As much as we love the holiday season, it can be stressful. Below are some great tips put out by the Veterans Health Administration to help you relax and make the most of the holidays:
1. Exercise — Take a quick walk or be physically active in another way. Regular activity is best, but even a 10-minute chunk of active time can help. It doesn’t take much.
2. Relax — Practice relaxation techniques (deep breathing, mindfulness skills, meditation, etc.). They can help you manage stress and even protect you from it.
3. Manage Your Time — List what needs to get done, make plans for addressing issues, and stick to the plan as best you can.
4. Choose to Be Positive — Stress often is associated with negative, self-critical thinking. Focus your attention on positive thoughts about yourself and others.
5. Designate Some Me Time — Despite busy schedules, it’s important to take time for yourself. Plan something you enjoy and follow through.
The VA offers many tools for handling stress, including the Manage Stress website. The site offers links to the Manage Stress Workbook and relaxation recordings. Plus, you’ll find links to many helpful websites and mobile apps that teach strong stress-management skills.