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Taking Time for Yourself

How can I learn to take time for myself without the guilt?
By not taking a little time out of each day for yourself, you might be less happy than possible. Start by focusing on yourself. Acknowledge that your own happiness is important and practice happiness-boosting routines.

 

You have multiple priorities on your mind at any given time. Food, kids, laundry, cleaning, friends, work, bills, relationships, home, car, shower, sex, exercise, hobbies, not to mention politics, economics, scientific breakthroughs, the environment, public education or healthcare.

You are in constant movement, getting things done, going places, talking to people.

Not only are you thinking about many things at the same time, recent Harvard research, indicates that you’re thinking about something other than what you are doing in the moment at least 47% of the time. You spend most of your life engaging with a wandering mind, thinking about everything you need to do, pondering world affairs and absentmindedly doing what needs to be done right now. You are giving life half of your attention because almost 50% of the time you’re thinking of something other than what you’re doing.

When your life is guided by thoughts about things you have to do or things you have done you will likely fail to focus on the present. And you might experience a downward spiral* into stress and unhappiness.

Your focus is on everything and everyone except yourself.

You are rarely on your own list!

You feel responsible for “getting everything done.”

This mentality incorporates the thinking “If I don’t do it, who will?”

When you focus on everything except yourself you might feel angry, irritable, frustrated, disappointed, stressed, depressed, lethargic and you might head right for the chocolate and potato chips.

Affordable Counseling Center provides solution focused counseling for couples, families, and individuals by licensed Therapists to the extended Tampa, Brandon, Plant City, and Riverview areas. We can see you the day you call or whenever possible. We are available evening and weekends by appointment.

At Star Point Counseling Center, there are two convenient locations for you to choose from in Brandon and Tampa. So call or text us today, or anytime at (813) 244-1251 or visit us online at: 

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Myths About Stress.

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Everyone deals with stress at one point or another in their lives. Stress is inevitable and there is no way of getting around it.  Many of us don’t understand the basics about stress and how it impacts our lives. If we can learn how to reduce and cope with stress, we can live a happier, better, and longer life.

Here are some of the myths about stress:

  • Myth 1: Stress is the same for everybody- MYTH. Everyone experiences stress differently, what one person may find stressful another person may not. Everyone experiences, responds, and copes with stress differently.
  • Myth 2: Stress is bad for us- MYTH. Stress in small amounts is not bad for us. The key is to learn how to manage stress, managing it can make us productive and happy.
  • Myth 3: Stress is everywhere and inevitable- FACT. Lots of things are inevitable, like the possibility of getting into an accident every time we drive, but that doesn’t stop us. All you can do is plan your life so the stress does not overwhelm you.
  • Myth 4: The most popular stress reducing techniques are the best ones- MYTH. A stress management technique that may be popular to one person may not even work for another. Everybody’s lives, situations, and reactions are different. You must find the technique that works best for you.
  • Myth 5: No symptoms, no stress- MYTH. An absence of symptoms does not mean an absence of stress. Although many people experience symptoms in a physical way, others may not have any physical symptoms at all.
  • Only major symptoms require attention- MYTH. No symptoms should be ignored or pushed to the side. If you wait until you start experiencing major symptoms of stress, it may be too late. A change in lifestyle to deal with minor symptoms can be less costly in the long run.

A Mental Health Counselor can teach you tools and techniques for managing and coping with stress. Don’t wait until you are experiencing major symptoms, get help as soon as possible. Reducing stress helps you feel better and leads to a better life.

Call us today for more information! (813)244-1251 

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