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Simple Tips to Manage your Stress

Stress can not only take a toll on our mental health but our physical health as well. A psychologist goes over ways to manage your stress.

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CLEVELAND - Stress can not only take a toll on our mental health but our physical health as well.

That’s why Adam Borland, PsyD, a clinical psychologist with Cleveland Clinic, said learning how to manage your stress is key.

“While stress is inevitable, we have to remember it’s not something we can't control. We have effective coping tools to manage stress, and we need to remind ourselves of that,” Dr. Borland said.

To start on a stress-free note, Dr. Borland stressed it’s important to get a good night’s sleep and then focus on prioritizing healthy lifestyle choices throughout the day.

When it comes to managing any unavoidable stress, guided meditation and breathing exercises can help.

Dr. Borland said these tactics allow us to focus on the present rather than worry about the past or future.

Another effective tool to manage stress is using positive affirmations through journaling.

Writing down what you’re grateful for or your accomplishments each day can take your mind off the negatives.

“Positive affirmations are really important because, frankly, we're very good at speaking unkindly to ourselves,” Dr. Borland said. “So, it's important we recognize our accomplishments, and the hard work we're putting forth – even if we're not perfect.”

Dr. Borland adds staying social and tapping into your support system when needed can also improve your overall mood.

But if stress starts to severely impact your day-to-day life, seeing a mental health professional can help.

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