Managing Stress

For the passionate workaholics, here is a little info about managing your stress. In my field at times I have to take a step back and just take a break. Even though mental health counselors report high levels of accomplishment (very rewarding career) several studies have demonstrated that 21% to 67% of mental health workers experience high levels of burnout, some have emotional exhaustion and high depersonalization rates. I am super big on working towards maintaining a balance in order to be successful in all areas of your life. Yes, sometimes I get caught up in the routine but this is a working progress ;) below are some tips that can help you identify areas that you may need to evaluate in orders to find your perfect balance.

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1. Manage workload- Learn how to delegate, prioritize, and be satisfied when you know you have done your best.

2. Balance lifestyle- Very simple!! Exercise, eat well, take time for yourself and the things that you like to do. Your needs are important too.  (if you have money and time travel a little :)

3. Maintain contact and connection with primary social supports. We all know what this means, stay close to those who love your and provide a positive environment for you.

4. Practice self-awareness. Pay attention to the present and don't judge your thoughts or feelings... just analyze why they are there and live the moment as a learning experience of yourself.

And with this I will leave you to enjoy the rest of your week!!

Emotion Regulation & Mindfulness

Mindfulness will allow you to be in tuned with your feelings and identify ways to deal with negative emotions constructively. There are many components that you can use to regulate your emotions such as:

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Find your Balance

  • Understanding them (Why I'm I feeling this way?)
  • Experiencing your emotions (The best way out is always through)
  • Using counterconditioning procedures (using relaxation techniques during a difficult situation)
  • Increasing coping skills that work for you

Like these, there are many more that you can use to stay in touch with yourself and learn how to manage strong emotions like fear, anger and sadness effectively.  Start enjoying, learning and searching for positive experiences. The ability to focus your attention to the positive aspects of each situation can lead your emotions to follow those same positive thoughts and behaviors. Learn how to grow and live with an attitude of gratitude and remind yourself that each experience whether is good or bad brings you wisdom and value.