Stress is inevitable. How you manage it makes all the difference.
Stress encompasses an array of emotions and experiences, yet it can ultimately help you move forward. In Kelly McGonigal’s Upside of Stress, she cites three ways in which stress helps you:
- Inspiring you to rise to the challenge
- Connecting you to others
- Learning and growing
There are also costs to stress, which include:
- Missed opportunities
- Avoidant coping
- Limiting your future
Embrace positive stress, balancing various coping strategies to mitigate negative consequences.
How to beat stress—before it beats you
When stress goes unchecked, it can cause anxiety, depression, or harmful behaviors. Before it gets to that point, be sure to get a good night’s sleep, limit your alcohol consumption, exercise at least 30 minutes per day, and eat well-balanced meals. It’s also important to set reasonable goals and expectations for yourself.
When you need help managing stress, get a hold of us.
McWell staff can help you de-stress and increase your emotional well-being. There are also other de-stressing resources at your disposal, including:
Visit our stress page for services that can help you better manage your stress.