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We know how to read a lot of warning signs…
So why do we often ignore the most important warning signs around us: Our body’s warning signs of stress!
One of the best strategies for managing stress is to be proactive in recognizing how we react and respond when we begin to experience stress.
As you learn to pay close attention to how you respond to stress, you can use that information to develop a sort of warning system that tells you “Hey! It’s time to take a break and implement some self-care!”
How do you start paying attention to your warning signs?
- Review your symptoms of stress and identify how you respond and react.
- Take daily check-ins and ask yourself how you are feeling and managing your stress.
- Journal about your day and be on the lookout for spells of tough days.
From there, you can start to view yourself as a stoplight. You learn to recognize when you are green, and your self-care is going well and you feel good, when you’re yellow and feeling slightly stressed and may need to take additional care, and when you’re RED and need a very intentional break and time to rest and recharge.
If you develop some stress management strategies, this can include breathing, journaling, gratitude, and affirmations practices, when you find yourself in that yellow zone, you’ll be better equipped to help yourself move towards the green and stay away from the red.
Find those stress management strategies on my signature Cost of Care Course.