Stress Managment and Self Care
As we head into our ninth month of national service, are you finding yourself low on energy or motivation? Check out these activities and resources meant for managing stress, preventing burnout, and jumpstarting your energy! Be sure to explore all the links as well...we have included a few hidden gems just for fun.
Identifying and Assessing Stress
- Peruse this list of stress manifestations (most are obvious, some might surprise you).
- Try utilizing the Perceived Stress Scale, a widely-used psychological instrument.
- Take a quick burnout self-test, thinking about the stressors related to your service.
- Identify why you might want to stay stressed. Do you ever feel like you need stress?
- Consider the things that you aren't doing regularly, using this Self-Care Assessment.
Okay, So You're Stressed. Now What?
- Read this article on strategies for both avoiding and protecting yourself from burnout.
- Check out this online stress management key. It’s like a road-map to find the best technique for addressing the specific source or type of stress that you’re dealing with.
- Focus on learning. Pick up new skills, invest in a project, or take real advantage of professional development opportunities (either free ones, or using your PD funds).
- Recognize that you’re not alone in dealing with stress and find humor in the situation.
- Write yourself notes, make a list, journal, or take time to doodle. Get it out on paper.
- Give yourself a break and commit to doing something fun. Follow @ICCofMN on Twitter (the InterCorps Council of Minnesota) for VISTA budget-friendly ideas. Each week we highlight fun and cheap activities and deals in the Twin Cities metro area!
- Try yoga or meditation. Sound too serious? Maybe watching this kitten yoga will help.
- Check out this list of mental health and wellness resources around Minnesota (all services provided are either free or determined by an income-based fee scale).
- Set limits. Prioritize stress-relief and time-management, say “no” to taking on too many projects, and give yourself time to sleep, eat well, exercise, have fun, and relax.
- Talk with a friend, coworker, family member, or your VISTA Leader. We're here to support you, even if it’s not service-related…plus, we like excuses for coffee breaks!
- Try some positive thinking. Need inspiration? Check out our favorite example.
*A giant thank you to 2012-13 MLC VISTA Leader Krista Eichhorst for passing on her wisdom and resources, and helping keep future VISTAs happy and stress-free!