More Than One Approach to Stress Management

Stress management is not a one-time event or a straight line, much as we might like it to be. You can’t just fix one situation; you have to commit to repairing your life and self. That’s why using multiple methods can be helpful. When used in conjunction with or even in place of traditional methods like cognitive behavioral therapy, alternative approaches can begin healing the mind, body and spirit in creative and compassionate ways.

Some people want a one-size-fits-all solution – mostly because they don’t understand the complex nature of the human mind. While using multiple methods for stress management may sound like too much trouble, you shouldn’t close the door on these options without investigating. Today, Nu Mind Wellness presents some ideas to get you started.


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In fact, many mental health professionals see the benefits and praise the results. For example, exercise reduces stress and benefits the mind and body, and it can be enhanced in a number of ways, including the use of a fitness tracker. Fitness trackers not only help keep tabs on your amount of exercise, they provide valuable information for your activity and dietary regimen.

The most important thing is to get your body moving. Even if you aren’t always focused on getting the most out of your workout, simply get outside and take a walk. You’ll find it helps you to clear your mind, too. If your neighbourhood is walkable, then take the opportunity to walk to stores for errands or restaurants for a meal out. Not only will you save on gas, you’ll likely discover that walking is great for your mental well-being.


Stress Management Techniques

Some of the most successful stress management techniques include:


Reduce triggers

Minimising stress triggers is essential for maintaining a healthy and balanced environment. Start by identifying the sources of stress in your life, such as work pressure, personal relationships, or financial concerns. Once you've pinpointed these triggers, take proactive steps to manage them more effectively. This may involve setting boundaries, improving time management skills, seeking professional advice, or finding a different place to live. By actively addressing your stress triggers, you can better navigate life's challenges with resilience and ease.


Holistic therapy

This focuses on improving the mind and body through practices like exercise and nutrition. No matter your age, you can still make exercising a priority. If you’re a senior, you can get regular exercise through walking, stretching, and balance exercises. Proper diet is another form of holistic therapy, which can help the gut improve mood levels. Because, as The Washington Post points out, most of the serotonin (a natural mood-booster) is secreted in the gut. It's important to eat foods that contain good strains of bacteria, such as yoghourt, to help the gut remain healthy and create more of the hormone.


Cut caffeine

Reducing your caffeine intake can play a crucial role in alleviating anxiety. Consuming too much espresso or other caffeinated beverages may heighten feelings of restlessness and nervousness, ultimately exacerbating anxiety symptoms. To combat this, consider gradually cutting back on your caffeine consumption, opting for decaffeinated alternatives, or swapping out coffee for calming herbal teas. Making mindful choices about your caffeine intake can contribute to improved mental wellbeing and a more balanced emotional state.


Art therapy

Creating art can help work through feelings as well as helping to relax tense muscles and unwind anxious minds. Verywell Mind notes that art therapy not only helps people unearth and acknowledge deep-rooted emotions, but can also empower them to build self-esteem and social skills, as well.



Traditional therapy can be incredibly helpful in helping you understand your responses to common stressors and find healthy ways to deal with them. You can now find therapy options that are via phone, video chat, and even text in addition to face-to-face appointments.



Most experts agree that even just 10 minutes of meditation a day can lower stress, reduce anxiety, manage blood pressure and improve mood. Meditation is especially helpful for people who are prone to substance abuse. With meditation, you are tapping into healthy, natural ways of regulating brain chemistry and mood, as opposed to using a substance. Meditation can also help alleviate chronic pain, an all-too-common reason people become addicted to opioids and other pain medications.

The great thing about meditation is that you can literally practise it anywhere, although it helps when noise and distractions are kept to a minimum. When you practise mindful meditation at home, which is where you spend most of your time, it’s important to create an environment that is conducive to relaxation. This means decluttering, cleaning, and organising your home, all of which will help alleviate undue stress associated with an unkempt home.


Herbal therapy

Herbal therapy can help with soothing sore muscles as well as frazzled emotions, insomnia, and anxiety, while also purifying the body’s various systems. For example, the herbs ginseng, kava and valerian have been known to ease anxiety and promote sleep.


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Every approach is not for everyone, but in many cases, using a combination of approaches can be a powerful tool for stress management. Talking with a physician or mental health professional can give you insight into whether or not including one or more options is right for you. If you want to try an alternative medical approach, from vitamin infusions to acupuncture, find a doctor or provider who will be open, honest and supportive in your exploration of holistic wellness and stress management.

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About the author, Dorothy Watson

Dorothy Watson grew up with a single mother who wasn't properly diagnosed with bipolar disorder for over a decade. In her mother’s honor, she created the Mental Wellness Center to support those who are working toward improving their mental health.

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