Managing Life's Stressors

Various tips to help you cope with the stressors in your life:
• Take a time out and take a moment to address the situation
• It is important to focus on your breathing. Is it slow, calm, and deep or fast and agitated? Taking a moment to slow your breathing down can clear your mind and decrease your stress reaction.
• Practice progressive muscle relaxation.
• Consider keeping a stress journal to help you identify the regular stressors in your life and the way you deal with them.
• Get adequate amounts of sleep.
• Exercise on a regular basis.  When we exercise, our bodies release endorphins that create a natural high. Exercise helps regulate sleep, decrease tension, decrease depression, and increase your immune system.
• Make time for you; go out with friends, read a good book, watch a good movie, etc.
• Sometimes, when all else fails, learn to laugh.  Humor can help to lessen the load of any stressor.
• Most importantly, maintain an eternal perspective.  As long as you are striving to do your best, you will receive divine help and strength to accomplish everything that you need to accomplish.

“When our lives turn in an unanticipated and undesirable direction, sometimes we experience stress and anxiety. One of the challenges of this mortal experience is to not allow the stresses and strains of life to get the better of us—to endure the varied seasons of life while remaining positive, even optimistic. Perhaps when difficulties and challenges strike, we should have these hopeful words of Robert Browning etched in our minds: ‘The best is yet to be’”
-Elder L. Tom Perry

“Brothers and sisters, no matter our circumstances, no matter our challenges or trials, there is something in each day to embrace and cherish. There is something in each day that can bring gratitude and joy if only we will see and appreciate it.”
- President Dieter F. Uchtdorf