Mental Health Month

13 People Share The Healthy Ways They Cope With Stress

May 14 - 20 is Mental Health Awareness Week.

May is Mental Health Month. Throughout the month we will bring you stories about mental health and the importance of breaking surrounding stigmas, as well as highlighting those who live with related conditions and are advocating awareness.

This week (May 14- 20) is Mental Health Awareness Week, which means there's no better time to think about how we're taking care of ourselves from the inside out. That includes how to deal with stress

While stress can be a powerful motivator, too much can have a paralyzing effect. That's why it's important to have some healthy ways to cope with stress in your back pocket, ready to pull out at a moment's notice. Because even if you can't reduce all the stress in your life, you can take concrete steps to handle it. 

To learn more about people's different stress remedies and draw attention to Mental Health Awareness Week, Reddit user heyitsant asked users on the social media platform, "How do you cope with stress? Do you have any questions about stress?" Hundreds of Reddit users weighed in, sharing their best strategies for dealing with stress

Here are 13 of our favorite — and relaxing — responses: 

1. Listening to music.

2. Talking it out with someone you trust.

3. Meditating.

4. Learning not to sweat the small stuff.

5. Exercising.

6. Asking for help from loved ones – and giving it in return.

7. Taking the time and space to care for yourself.

8. Getting back in touch with nature.

9. Breathing.

10. Journaling at the end of the day.

11. Finding a new show, game, or activity you enjoy.

12. Improving your diet.

13. Setting small goals you know you can accomplish.

Try out some of these stress-relieving techniques and see which ones work best for you. But if you're still feeling stressed, anxious, or even depressed, it may be time to seek professional mental health counseling. These strategies work even better combined when guided by an expert, so take the time this, and every, week to prioritize your mental health. 

Cover image via Eli DeFaria on Unsplash

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