In today’s busy world, many people feel like they’re constantly on the go, often leaving them feeling overwhelmed. April is National Stress Awareness Month, so here’s some ways to help manage your stress.
Krista Sherinian works for Isenberg and Associates. She uses a small device that monitors breathing patterns to see how stressed her clients are.
“I think the biggest stress people have is that physical flight or fight response which could be from traffic or work deadlines, the kids yelling,” said Krista Sherinian, Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Local residents have other stresses.
“The pace of life,” said Kim Bass, a Naperville resident. “Just trying to juggle schedules and taking care of an elderly parent. I just got a new puppy. Things like that.”
“There’s a lot of things that stress me out, work, kids,” said Michael Cerda, a Plainfield resident.
“I have a one and a half year old, so she keeps me busy,” said Brianna Desimone, a Naperville resident.
Deep breaths can help, cutting out some of the physical stress. Not every technique works for each person. To learn more about her clients, Sherinian gives them a personality test.
“If a shy person is stressed, they may need more alone time to recharge their batteries,” said Sherinian. “If an outgoing person has stress, they may want to reconnect with more friends and do more social things to relax.”
She says creative people might want to pull out the art supplies.
“Write, I journal, I try to do something with my hands,” said Dana Boileve, a Naperville resident.
“I try to relax, I try to read, I try to do some things with my husband that we enjoy to make sure we have time together,” said Kathy Fuhrman, an Aurora resident.
Sherinian also recommends reimagining a good vacation, and says it’s almost as good as going on a vacation. And day to day?
“Have realistic expectations,” said Sherinian. “I think sometimes we overschedule ourselves, we overschedule our kids, and that just leads to a lot of unnecessary stress. So finding out what’s in our to-do list and cutting out some non-essentials.”
Toning down your expectations of yourself, and others, can also help.
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