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Assessing How You Deal With Stress

Everyone is impacted by stress in every area of life. Not everyone, however, knows how to deal with stress in healthy ways. The more self-aware you are when it comes to your stress habits, the better you will be able to implement safe and healthy responses to stress. If you answer some of the questions below in ways that say you don’t deal well with stress, Villa Tranquil is here to help give you some tips for managing your stress.

How Well Do You Deal With Stress?

Stress looks different for everyone, and so does how they deal with stress. The following questions aren’t the be-all-end-all stress test, but they can give you a better sense of how you deal with stress if you answer honestly and thoroughly. Go through each question below and assess where you are doing well and where you can improve.

  • How do you unwind after an overwhelming day?
  • Would you categorize yourself as an irritable person?
  • Do you often find yourself lacking energy?
  • Do you have trouble making decisions?
  • What are some words that would describe your general schedule?
  • How are your sleeping patterns?
  • Do you struggle to concentrate on a daily basis?
  • What do you do to show yourself support?
  • Do you feel comfortable asking for help?
  • Do you have the self-awareness to know when you are stressed?

Knowing Your Signals and Easing Your Symptoms

Now that you have a better idea of how well you deal with stress, it’s important to notice your specific stress signals. We will go through a few common signals and ways you can help ease these symptoms, but you should pay extra attention to how you feel when you are stressed or overwhelmed. Finding healthy ways to cope with your stress can make your recovery more manageable. Here are some stress signals and how you can ease the symptoms you’re feeling.

One very frequent signal that you may be dealing with an overwhelming amount of stress is tense muscles. If you’re having muscle tension, you may also be experiencing muscle pain and headaches. One great way to help ease muscle tension is to engage in some light exercise. Taking a walk around your neighborhood or doing some simple yoga poses can release some of the negative energy you’re feeling. It gives the stress a healthy place to go. If you’re dealing with physical pain that is coming from stress, try to get up and get moving!

Another common sign that you might be dealing with increased stress is some mental and emotional changes. Stress can contribute to a lack of focus that you aren’t used to. You also may be dealing with a low mood which can give you some emotion regulation changes. You may find yourself feeling short-tempered if you’re extra stressed. If these things sound familiar, try to find small pockets of time to decompress. Use this time to practice mindfulness through a gratitude journal or a hobby you love. Making time for calming habits during stressful moments gives your mind a break. It helps you further your recovery because you know that you can’t let yourself slack off on self-care just because you have a lot going on.

If you are feeling like your recovery is being negatively impacted by stress, Villa Tranquil Recovery is here to help. We have programs that can help you get back on track. Call us today at 214-799-3080. We can’t wait to speak with you!