Simple steps to wind down during the workday
Juggling work, family, and a social life can sometimes feel like a circus act. At times, you may worry it could all come crashing down.
Before letting feelings of stress and anxiety overcome your emotions, Dr. Carlos Garcia, clinical psychologist and owner of Tampa Counseling and Wellness, has three easy steps to help you settle down.
Tips to ease stress
If you start to feel like the workday is too much:
Take a break
Go outside for a quick walk to calm down.
Dr. Garcia says three deep breaths can go a long way. Breathe in calm and patience, and exhale tension.
Confide in a friend
Have a conversation with a close colleague or confidant about what has you overwhelmed. Sometimes a quick chat can help calm you down.
If you're feeling stress, anxious, or depressed, call for help. It's OK not to be OK. There are resources available throughout the Tampa Bay area to help with mental health:
- The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support to people in distress, and prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones.
- The Crisis Center of Tampa Bay helps people who are struggling with a variety of crisis situations, including sexual assault or abuse, domestic violence, financial distress, substance abuse, medical emergencies, suicidal thoughts, and other problems.
- Tampa Bay Thrives, a local nonprofit, helps people address mental health and substance abuse issues by connecting them with appropriate resources and removing the stigma of seeking treatment for mental health related issues.