Don’t keep your feelings of negative stress, fear, or anxiety a secret. Reach out to someone who will listen and support you as you work through a tough time.
Friends and Family
Your family and friend networks are key during a stressful time in your life. Research shows connectedness can protect you from the risk of suicide. Check in with yourself and decide if your friends or family are the right option for you.
Your Doctor or Therapist
Be sure to let your doctor know if you have been experiencing prolonged negative stress or anxiety. If you don’t have a therapist, your primary care doctor will be able to provide you with a referral if that’s what you choose to do.
A Crisis Hotline or Service
If you’re in a crisis and just need to talk to someone who will listen and cares, call a suicide prevention or crisis hotline. Click here for a list of hotlines.
Make Self-Care Priority
When you’re going through a tough time, it’s important to put your mental and physical wellness first. Give yourself a break from your feelings and do something that makes you feel happy and safe.
Take a Moment
Take a deep breath. Take a moment to observe your breathing and let the negative stress release with every exhale. Remind yourself that no matter what your situation is, it will get better and help is available. Use this moment to decide to do something good for yourself.
Take your dog for a walk, hit that trail you’ve always wanted to hike, go to the gym, or even throw yourself a private dance party. Staying physically active can help boost your energy and leave you better equipped to handle stress.
Try crafting, journaling, drawing or painting, cooking, playing music, or another creative hobby that you enjoy. Putting your brain and hands to work may help calm your nerves and decrease stress by temporarily distracting you from negative feelings.
Get lost in a good book, find a quiet place to stare up at the clouds, out at a lake, or watch the sun go down, meditate, or even take a nap. Find something low key that makes you feel safe and relaxed.
Sometimes the best feelings come from helping others. Volunteer at your local food bank or soup kitchen, offer to help a friend or family member who may need your support, or donate to your favorite charity.