Everyone stresses out at some point. Perhaps because of problems with family, job, weight, school.......the list could go on. Some people turn to their addictions to feel better. These might be alcohol, drugs, work, junk food, exercise etc. These addictions are not healthy. They do not help us to deal with stress long term. We might forget about our worries whilst eating that hotdog with extra cheese and sauce or working excessively. But when it's finished, the stress engulfs us again.
Police officers have a huge amount of stress from their day to day work. How do they deal with it? There are healthy ways to cope:
Meditate: Yes! Police officers can meditate too! Everyone should spend some time alone to re-charge and let go of worries.
Exercise: This really helps a lot! Even if you don't feel like it, you will feel so much better afterwards.
Resolve Arguments: If you've argued with a loved one don't let it stew. Be open and talk about it. It will make you feel better.
Laugh: Spend time with friends and enjoy their company. If you have no friends, then watch a funny TV show or movie - or make friends!
Take up a Hobby: Do something you really enjoy (it can be geeky!). You can find other people with similar interests & join a club.
Plan: Get your life organized! Write a list of fun, silly things and serious things you want to do in the next 5 or 10 years. It will feel really good to tick things off! (And make the silly things a priority - don't overlook them!).
Love Yourself: We are all too hard on ourselves - "I'm a fatso" or "I'm an idiot" etc Would we say these things to our best friends? our spouses? our children?
Talk About It: If you are stressed, find someone to confide in. Do this as soon as you feel the emotion building up - it will help you avoid your addiction (if you have one).
When I'm stressed, I have a tendency to eat sugary foods, but I keep that under control by talking to my husband and exercising.
What do you do when you're stressed? What are your addictions?
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