8 Ways Mental Health Experts Prepare for High-Stress Days

Stress is a natural and very common part of daily life. But some days are naturally more stressful than others: You have a job interview, you know your schedule is going to be packed, you’re hosting a houseful of guests for a holiday meal — You have got the point.

And the current backdrop of negative global news events (inflation, war, political conflict and climate change) has put Americans’ daily stress levels at an alarmingly high level, survey data show.

“Many of us find ourselves overwhelmed and stressed by our increasing life tasks and responsibilities; juggling a heavy workload, household chores, and child-care responsibilities,” says Monica Vermani, PsyD, a clinical psychologist in Toronto and author of A Deeper Wellbeing: Conquering Stress, Mood, Anxiety, and Trauma,

It’s often when we take on other people’s stress and let their stress rub off on us that we begin to feel out of control, says Gail Saltz, MD, clinical associate professor of psychiatry at NY Presbyterian Hospital and New York University. Weill Cornell School of Medicine in New York City. and host of How can I help you? Podcasts from iHeartRadio.

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