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Published on August 13, 2015

Don't Let Stress Tie You Up in Knots: Three Ways to Reduce Stressmanaging stress

How does sitting in traffic sound to you? What about arguing with your children? Being late on a work deadline? These activities likely make you feel stressed, but there are some quick and easy steps you can take to combat stress before it becomes a problem.

Take Deep Breaths

Focus on breathing in deeply through your nose and breathing out slowly through your mouth which can imitate the relaxed feeling your body gets when it's sleeping.

Practice Acceptance

Next time you find yourself stressed out about something you can’t change, focus on acceptance. Long commute? Tell yourself you have accepted it, it’s part of your life, and you’re doing your best to make the most of it. It’s more empowering than you think!

Assume Positive Intent

Next time you find yourself stewing about something a person said or did, try assuming that their intent was good. This can be especially helpful in the workplace.

If stress has you tied up in knots and these simple management techniques are not working, check your mental health with this screening.

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About Dr. Dave Miers

Dave Miers, PhD, is the counseling and program development manager for mental health services at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Neb.

He helped establish the Nebraska State Suicide Prevention Coalition in 1999 and chaired/co-chaired this Coalition until 2017. He currently serves as the past co-chair. Dr. Miers is a member of the leadership group for the Lincoln/Lancaster County Suicide Prevention Coalition. Dr. Miers has published research and co-authored a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Clinical Suicide Research focusing on family survivors of a child suicide. Dr. Miers helped develop the Lincoln Lancaster Local Outreach to Suicide Survivors (LOSS) team in Lincoln, Neb. He also helped develop other LOSS teams in Nebraska and is active with LOSS team development on a national level.

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