How to Manage Stress and Anxiety
Managing stress and anxiety involves addressing the interconnected aspects of your well-being—mind, body, and spirit – which can be accomplished with holistic mental health therapies. These holistic approaches aim to promote balance, resilience, and self-awareness. At Serenity Behavioral Health and Wellness, we work with our clients to find the right combination of therapies to help them manage their stress and anxiety levels with personalized treatment plans.
Techniques to Manage Stress
Everyone experiences stress. When it is not managed correctly, it can lead to severe consequences on mental, physical, and emotional health. Many people experience panic or anxiety attacks that can impact their quality of life when stress is not managed. Our providers at Serenity customize holistic wellness plans to help our clients effectively manage anxiety and stress, allowing each client to be free to be well. Here are several strategies and techniques that we may recommend to manage stress and anxiety.
Engage in mindfulness meditation to cultivate awareness of the present moment. Mindfulness helps you observe your thoughts and emotions without judgment, reducing stress and anxiety.
Yoga and Mindful Movement
Physical activities like yoga and other mindful movement activities like meditation combine movement with mindfulness and controlled breathing. These practices enhance flexibility, reduce muscle tension, and promote relaxation, contributing to overall stress and anxiety management.
Deep Breathing Exercises
Practice deep breathing exercises to activate the body's relaxation response. Techniques like diaphragmatic breathing, box breathing, or the 4-7-8 technique can help regulate the nervous system and reduce stress.
Explore the use of essential oils for aromatherapy. Scents like lavender, chamomile, and frankincense are known for their calming properties. Use a diffuser or diluted essential oils to pulse points for a soothing effect.
Adopt a balanced and nutritious diet. Include foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts), whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Our therapists may also recommend supplements that may have beneficial effects on stress and anxiety.
Holistic Counseling and Psychotherapy
Our holistic psychotherapy integrates traditional therapeutic approaches with holistic techniques. This may include mindfulness-based therapies, MBSR meditation, medication management, and other therapies to address the mind-body connection.
Everyone is unique, and what works for one person may differ for another. Our holistic practitioners tailor these approaches to your needs and ensure they complement existing treatments. Contact our Serenity Behavioral Health and Wellness team to learn more about holistic stress and anxiety management. We welcome new clients from New Prague, Chaska, Jordan, Chanhassen, and the surrounding communities at our mental health clinic in Savage, MN.