Some of the best ways to manage stress in hard times are through self-care:
- Avoid drugs and alcohol. They may seem to be a temporary fix to feel better, but in the long run they can create more problems and add to your stress — instead of take it away.
- Find support. Seek help from a family member, a good friend, counselor, clergyperson, or mentor. Having a sympathetic, listening ear and sharing about your problems and stress really can lighten the burden.
- Connect socially. After a stressful event, it is easy to isolate yourself. Make sure that you are spending time with people you enjoy being with. Consider planning fun activities with your friends or family.
- Take care of yourself.