Serenity Marriage and Family Counseling Center

                              Suggestions for Reducing Anxiety and Stress

*** Identify the sources of stress. Examine your life periodically for people and things that contribute to your anxiety level. If possible, create some distance between those stressors and you, not only physically but mentally and emotionally as well.

*** Acknowledge the role you play in creating or adding to your stress. Pay attention to stress inducing thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Keeping a running dialogue of how inept, disorganized, angry, or depressed you are only ramps up the anxiety. Constantly over-functioning for others, saying "yes" out of obligation or guilt, and not being able to say "no" or set healthy boundaries without feeling anxious also contributes to stress.

*** Stop pushing the panic button, stress button, and suffering button. Make a vow to take charge of your life right now, which includes mangaging your thoughts, emotions, health, schedule, environment, habits, self-talk, and the people you let into your "circle of love."

*** Remember, the time to relax and have fun is when you think you don't have the time.
Siri Bletzer, M.A., LPC, LMFT