Dr. Rachelle Mand PhD, MFT 310 375–2100

Wikipedia defines it as: In psychology, stress is a feeling of strain and pressure. Stress is a type of psychological pain. Small amounts of stress may be desired, beneficial, and even healthy. Positive stress helps improve athletic performance. It also plays a factor in motivation, adaptation, and reaction to the environment. Excessive amounts of stress, however, may lead to bodily harm. Stress can increase the risk of strokes, heart attacks, ulcers, and mental illnesses such as depression. READ MORE https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychological_stress

Stress is experienced differently from person to person. It can motivate, it can also restrict your life. The way you handle stress can make an enormous difference in your day to day life. Reducing stress allows your wisdom to come to the surface and be better able to guide your decisions. The following suggestions can help you to better handle everyday stresses and have a more productive and joyful day.

1- Prayer and/or meditation help ground you and get you in touch with all that you appreciate in life. Anything from breathing, to walking, to family, friends, opportunities, the country you live in, health, etc.
Visualizing ‘good’ for yourself and others puts you in a positive frame of mind for the whole day. Be thankful for what you have and pray/meditate for what you need and/or want.

2- Care for your body, eat a good breakfast and be physically active. Your physical well-being is mostly determined by what you eat and how much you exercise. The most effective and the cheapest diet is ‘to eat less and move more’. Be mindful of the messages that your body gives you in the form of head aches, stomach aches, exhaustion, etc. Learn to connect with your body and treat it well.

3- Plan your day every day. Have a list of things to do and do your best to check off as many things as you can. Accomplishing tasks give you a natural high which reduces stress. Plan to influence/create your environment and be thankful for what you accomplish. Plan to have a positive attitude, to help others, and be responsive to your own personal needs. Your ‘to do list’ should include personal time away from daily activities/responsibilities to enjoy what you enjoy and to reflect.

4- Connect with your loved ones. Reach out to the people you care about: Your family, friends, and others. Personal connections enrich your life and the lives of the ones you reach out to. Don’t forget the power of smile and a hug.

Stress is part of life; know yourself, know your needs, and go through your day guided by intentions rather than ‘auto pilot’. This is the best way to deal with stress. Zig Zigler said “your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude”.

If the day to day stresses of life are getting too overwhelming for you to handle a therapist may be able to help. If you are in the Palos Verdes, Torrance, Lomita, area or anyplace in Los Angeles, please call Dr. Rachelle Mand PhD, MFT at 310 375–2100. She is here to help.