Let’s face it, while life can be amazing, it can also be stressful! There are many ways to address stress. Some of them are healthy and productive, while others can be destructive. If you have struggled with some of the negative effects of stress, such as anxiety and anger, you might be looking for more positive ways to deal with the stressors that you face. Here, I want to describe some common positive ways that you can deal with stress. Having a healthy way to reflect and release energy can prevent issues such as altercations with others or even arrests. In addition, if you are interested in getting a Connecticut pardon, showing the Board of Pardons that you have changed and made positive behavioral changes in your life since the time of your criminal conviction can definitely help your case for obtaining a pardon.
One of the best ways to relieve stress and manage your stress hormones is to exercise regularly. Exercise has so many physical and mental health benefits. Some of the ways that it can help you reduce stress are by releasing endorphins, the “feel good” hormone and improving your sleep quality.
If you don’t think you’re a gym rat, not to worry! There are so many forms of exercise, you just need to find the one that you enjoy. Even something as simple as taking a 30 minute walk every day can make a difference in your physical and mental well being. Consider activities such as walking, running, biking, swimming, lifting weights, playing a sport in a rec league, hiking, and more.
Spend Time With Positive Loved Ones
Having a good social support system can make a huge difference in your life. Sometimes life gets busy and we lose touch with the people who are important to us. If you feel like this is the case, make an effort to spend time with those you love. Whether you go for a walk with a loved one, invite them over for dinner, or even get together for a FaceTime chat, reconnecting and laughing with the people you care about can make a huge difference in your mood. Just make sure that you are connecting with people who bring positive energy to your life. If you’re feeling highly stressed, interacting with people who tend to bring you down probably isn’t the best idea.
Having a creative outlet can be a great mood booster. Whether you enjoy writing, cooking, dancing, making music, drawing, or something else, make time for your creative hobbies. Working with your hands and engaging your mind can calm you and boost your mood. Making time for these activities can also improve your sense of gratitude in your life. If you don’t have a creative outlet, consider experimenting to find one that you enjoy.
Your Fresh Start
Unfortunately, stress will never be absent from our lives. Balancing work, family, personal self-care, and more is hard! But by utilizing the right techniques, you can manage your stress in a healthy way. Of course, if you feel that these tips are not enough, consider seeking professional help. Seeing a therapist can help you develop coping mechanisms for triggers in your life. For help making positive changes in your life or applying for a pardon, contact my office.