Even the most healthy relationships will experience times of stress; it’s just part of life. However, a victim’s anxiety can be severe and even debilitating when a relationship involves abuse and violence.
During the month of April – Stress Awareness Month – we want to discuss the issue of stress and some ways our team here at Bridges Domestic Center can help victims alleviate some of that stress.
Stress Awareness Month has been sponsored every April, for the past 30 years, by The Health Resource Network, Inc., founded and directed by Dr. Mort Orman, M.D. You can learn more about stress and some steps you can take personally to combat it by visiting Doc Orman’s website.
What Is Stress And What Can I Do About It?
According to VeryWellMind.com, stress can be defined as “any type of change that causes physical, emotional, or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action.”
Some of the recommended techniques to combat stress are:
- Simplifying your life, even if you just do less or do one thing at a time.
- Getting enough good sleep.
- A daily walk or some other form of exercise.
- Eating food that is tasty, nutritious, and varied.
- Restricting your intake of coffee and alcohol.
- Taking the time to do the things you enjoy.
- Connecting with others by sharing thoughts and feelings.
- Altering your thinking styles: being more realistic, reframing problems, testing your thoughts and feelings, and maintaining a sense of humor.
What Can Bridges Domestic Violence Center Do To Help Me Implement Changes In My Life To Alleviate Stress?
Many of the practical tips listed above will be difficult for a domestic violence victim – or even impossible. Getting assistance from an organization like BDVC can help you create new goals to lower stress levels.
- Temporary shelter
- Safe space for your children and pets
- Support groups
- Crisis intervention
- Child advocacy
- And much more
Once you are in a safe space with support, you can take steps towards achieving a better mental balance, such as eating well, sleeping better, and giving yourself the attention and care you deserve. Contact us today to get the help you need.
As the only domestic violence shelter in Williamson County, Tennessee, Bridges Domestic Violence Center is dedicated to helping victims and survivors find a pathway to safety and independence.
Our not-for-profit, non-discriminatory organization offers life-changing services and programs free of charge to anyone who has experienced physical, mental, or sexual abuse.