3 Steps to managing stress
“Stress can influence your sleep, appetite, energy level, relationships, and ability to concentrate and be productive at work,” says Sandra Brown-Robinson, LCSW, a Kaiser Permanente behavioral health education leader.
Emotions can have an effect on your physical health, too. And if you already have a health problem, feelings of anxiety may make it worse, Brown-Robinson adds.
Now for the good news:
There are simple ways to stop stress before it stops you. Try these three tips for lowering your stress level.
1. Nurture yourself. Periods of down time can help your mind come up with new ways of dealing with issues that are bothering you. Stress can also make you feel isolated, so make dates to do things you enjoy with family members and friends.
2. Find time for fun. Don’t give up on activities that bring you pleasure just to save money. Most parks, playgrounds, craft shows, and farmers markets are free. If you enjoy dinner and a show, limit expenses by having friends over to share the cost of movie rentals and a potluck dinner.
3. Learn ways to manage stress. Most Kaiser Permanente facilities offer stress reduction, mind-body medicine, couples communication, anger management, anxiety, and depression classes. Our facilities also offer relaxation classes such as yoga, Feldenkrais, tai chi, and meditation.
Call your local Health Education Department for information and questions about any fees. Many of our health classes
are free to members