Diffuse Stress with Humor

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Humor is a great way to diffuse a stressful situation. The stress of day-to-day life and all our responsibilities can often make us lose our sense of humor, even though it is a great way of coping with adversity and stress. Next time you find yourself losing your sense of humor at a stressful time, try these steps:

Find a friend who makes you laugh. Work deadlines have you climbing the walls? Strike up a conversation with the office cut-up and get some laughs there.

Sitcom yourself. Next time you’re in a jam, try to imagine how it would be handled on your favorite situation comedy.

If you hear laughter, follow it. If someone down the hall is already laughing about something, join the fun. Even laughing for a short time can boost your immune system and relax your whole body.

It’s always helpful to see the humor in a situation, but be careful that you don’t offend someone. And, if you’re feeling super stressed and humor doesn’t help, you may benefit from a mental health self-assessment.

Complimentary, Confidential Screenings Available

Check yourself. This step takes fewer than 5 minutes and can make a big difference. A great place to start is a mental health check-up. The Mental Health Association in New Jersey’s NJMentalHealthCares Helpline offers free, anonymous online mental health screenings in cooperation with Mental Health America. Self-assessments are available for depression, anxiety, substance abuse, PTSD and bipolar disorder, as well as screens for youth and parents. Click here to take a mental health screening. After you complete a screening, you’ll receive customized feedback and be provided a zip code search to locate local assistance in determining next steps. You may even want to print out the results and review them with your healthcare provider.

Who Cares! We Do! The NJMentalHealthCares Helpline staff is available to assist with mental health screenings. The number to call is 1-866-202-HELP (4357) (TTY 1-877-294-4356). The screening only takes a few minutes and provides confidential results and information on where to find treatment.

The Mental Health Association in New Jersey strives for mental health for children and adults through advocacy, education, training, and services.