Stressed Out? Try These Tips!

November 5, 2014
Kira Wright, CCC-SLP
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At Care Options for Kids, formerly The Hello Foundation, we know that November/December can be a stressful time of year. Holiday cards, gift lists, and that word that keeps popping up at work (census... census... census). Trying to find time to complete your paperwork, attend every meeting, and figure out why Johnny can't keep track of his middle school planner can all take a toll on your mental health. Here are 4 quick ideas to help you feel more able to take on the day.

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1. Prioritize.

Make a list of what needs to get done. Next to each item, write how long you think each task will take. Then pick the most important task, and do it. Work your way through the list, crossing out items as you go. If you have something that will only take 5 minutes you can do that first. It will feel great to quickly cross something off that list!

2. Stay on good terms with all people, at all times. 

Try to resolve conflicts positively. Find common ground, and try to find ways towards a compromise so that every team member feels valued. Check out our 5 Listening Tips for some helpful hints on how to get started down this path. 

3. Move. 

Exercise improves focus, mood, and helps you to relax. Go for a short walk at lunchtime, take the long route to the copy room, or park in the farthest parking spot. Every little bit helps to clear your mind and help you release stress.

4. Maybe it's just time to stop . . .

. . . and decompress. Close your eyes, take a deep breath, hold it for a count of 2, and then let it go. Do this 3 times.  It only takes 30 seconds, but we promise you'll feel much better when you're done!

We hope that at least one of these tips help you through the end of this calendar year, and beyond!

Resources: Stress at Work