Hello everyone! Danielle here! In today’s blog, we will be talking about ways to relieve stress while in a military environment. For the past few weeks, I have been a bit overwhelmed with life and work. So here is how I managed to keep myself going (mentally) during this rough time.
A lot of people may get this one misunderstood with taking care of oneself. Most think of self-care as pampering yourself on a Sunday afternoon or treating yourself to a manicure and pedicure. Yes, this is self-care, but I am more focused on your mental health. If you feel like you’re around a lot of negativity, pull yourself away from that. You need to take care of yourself. Being around a lot of negativity can ultimately affect your well-being. So why keep subjecting yourself to that type of environment. I recommend that if you feel like you’re definitely in some horrible (not hostile) environment, pull yourself out of that environment. This can be friendships, work peers, or work environment in general. Pull yourself away from this situation because overall it will begin to feed into the stress you already have, and turn your good stress into negative stress.
Change of Scenery
This one is as easy as it sounds. Take yourself out of your work environment. You may not realize it, but you are allotted breaks (regardless of your career field). Some people who work outside may get more breaks than people who work inside. If you work inside, step outside and get some sunlight. Take a five-minute walk around the block. Take in the weather. It will lighten your mood tenfold.
Talk to Someone
Simply talk to someone about what is going on in your world at the moment. You might not want to talk to anyone because it might “hurt your career,” but you could have an underlying issue going on that you might not have realized that is affecting your mental stability. Reach out to your supervisor, chaplain, or First Sergeant for help. They have experience with many different situations and are groomed on the procedures you need to take to deal with your stress. Their opinion of you will not change. They will hear you out and advise you on what you need to do. Even put a plan together for you.
In conclusion, there are several avenues you can take to relieve your stress. However, these are physical things you can do that can be done immediately when you are feeling overwhelmed. There are other things you can do like going to the gym or for a run, read a book, or investing some time into your hobbies. The problem causing the stress may not go away immediately, but how you react to the stress will ultimately affect how you solve the problem. Hence, alleviating your present stress will help your mental stability in the long run.