3 Tips to Help Patients Combat Chronic Stress

As the holiday season looms, many people begin to experience high levels of stress. In a recent article by member Patricia Hernandez, MPH, MSW, CHES, she explains that while certain levels of stress are normal and can actually prove to be helpful, overall, stress is a public health concern. Some people are able to manage and decrease their stress levels, while others may find difficulty doing so. To help other professionals educate their patients on managing stress, Patricia shared some tips for practice.

Tips for Practice:

  • There is no one-size-fits-all protocol. Public health professionals offering and practicing strategic tips to help reduce stress can assist patients individually or in group settings, as well as oneself.
  • Offer patients a confidential place to release frustrations and feelings of being out of control. By understanding the situations and circumstances of the patient, public health educators can identify and even relate to the feelings, and can offer strategically stress-reduction tips that can best assist the patient if he/she is committed to releasing the stress. The AIS offers on their website self-assessments such as The Workplace Stress Survey and the Holmes-Rahe Stress Inventory which can be offered to patients or taken oneself.
  • Encourage patients to take a 5-minute time out—it’s enough to enter the relaxation stage. Continued research in various scientific and psychological journals are finding the best practices are deep breathing, meditation, Cognitive-Based Therapy, massage, yoga, and aroma therapy to name a few.

Visit SurroundHealth for the full article and stay tuned for a part 2, where we share specific community-based techniques!

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