Aldridge Early Learning Center
On January 20th, we had a round-table discussion on: Stress Management.
We chose Stress Management, because we know it's a topic almost ANYONE can relate. (most importantly anyone who is a parent or caregiver)
That's why we felt it was important to have a presenter that could help our attendees identify/address some of the more common stressors they encounter on a day to day basis. (ex. parenting, economics, work, relationships, etc....)
Our presenter was Penny Kain, LCSW. She's with Catholic Charities, has 12 years of Social Work experience and is an expert in relationship problems.
She gave an amazing presentation and shared: handouts, questionnaires and tips/techniques on relaxation with our parents.
Learn how to say “no” – Know your limits and stick to them. (in your personal and profession life) Taking on more than you can handle will more than likely lead to stress.
Avoid people who cause you to feel stressed – limit the amount of time you spend with that person or end the relationship entirely.
Avoid hot-button topics – If you are constantly arguing about certain subjects/topics, she advises avoiding them whenever possible.
Reduce your to-do list – Try to understand the difference between the “shoulds” and the “musts.” If a task isn't a matter of life or death (or time sensitive) then drop it to the bottom of your list or if possible eliminate it entirely.
Don’t try to "control" things outside of your control - There are many things in our lives that are beyond our control— the way other people behave is one of them. Instead of stressing out, focus on the things you can control. For example: you are in control over the way you interact/react to those people.
Share your feelings - Share your feeling with a good friend or in some cases a therapist. Getting things off of your chest can often be very therapeutic, even if it doesn't necessarily "solve" your problem or alleviate your stress.
Learn to forgive - Learn to move on. That can be accomplished by remembering we all have flaws and imperfections. Mistakes will happen from time to time. Allow yourself to let go of that resentment and anger. By 'letting go' you will also release some of that negativity from your life.
The most important thing you can do to eliminate stress is: nurture yourself. If you regularly make time for fun and relaxation, you’ll be in a better place to handle life’s stressors.
Exercise regularly - Make time for at least 30 minutes of exercise, three times a week. Aerobic exercise is a great way to release stress and tension.
Eat a healthy diet - Eating well balanced, nutritious meals throughout the day will help keep your energy up and your mind clear.
Reduce caffeine and sugar - They provide your body with temporary "highs", but also cause your mood and energy to soon "crash". Always remember most things are fine in moderation.
Avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs - Self-medicating with alcohol or drugs may provide an easy escape from stress, but the relief is only temporary. Deal with problems head on and with a clear mind.
Get enough sleep - 7 to 8 hours a night is ideal, because sleep is what allows your body to recover and refuel. When you're overly tired you may not think as clearly and may become irrational.
Our Round-Table Discussion series is funded by a grant from the Amy Helpenstell Foundation
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