Thanks to COPE Facilitator Lauren Jukofsky, LCSW for this month’s Healing Tip
Take Care of Yourself
There are moments that can be stressful for everyone, adding the loss of a loved on top of everything else can feel unsurmountable.
What is Stress?
- Stress is a bodily response to life’s demands
- Stress occurs on a multitude of different levels-internal or external.
- Most stress is caused by our perceptions and reactions to the situations that occur in our lives.
- Stress can be felt in different symptoms in a person: physical, emotional and behavioral.
Recognizing the stress you may have is important. There are many different ways to tackle stress, one essential way is rest and self-care. Take time to recharge to avoid the negative effects of chronic stress and burnout. People need time to replenish and return to our pre-stress level of functioning. This recovery process means “switching off” from stress by having periods of time when you are engaging in other enjoyable activities.
That’s why it’s important that you disconnect from time to time, in a way that fits your needs and preferences. Don’t let your vacation days go to waste. When possible, take time off to relax and unwind, so you can feel reinvigorated and more like yourself.