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The Cheapest Stress Reliever

Ashley Davis Bush

How can you manage stress? You could exercise. Or you could take expensive trips to the spa or a pricey vacation.

However, National Association of Social Workers member Ashley Davis Bush, MSW, LCSW, wrote in this blog in Huffington Post that being grateful can be the cheapest and surest way to relieve stress.

For instance Bush, a New Hampshire psychotherapist, says when you wake up in the morning lay in your bed with one hand on your upper chest and the other on your belly. Think of three things in life that make you smile. Breathe in gratitude and let it fill you, she said.

And when you do the sometimes stressful task of paying bills think of the services the bills provide, like heating and cooling for your home. And really, aren’t you happy to have a cellphone?

Q: Social workers, what inexpensive things do you do to relieve stress?


Life can be stressful but a social worker can help you cope. To learn more visit the National Association of Social Workers’ “Help Starts Here” Stress Management website by clicking here.

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  1. I find it sad that we social workers have to be frugal in our self-care while many other less stressful professions can afford to be more lavish in their self-pampering. Shouldn’t it be the other way around?

  2. A very interesting read even for a stress management coach like me. Thank you.

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