Performance Pressure on the World Stage
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Dr. Kristyn Gregory, D.O., is a medical director of behavioral health at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. Dr. Gregory received her medical degree from the Chicago School of Osteopathic Medicine. She then completed residency training in Adult Psychiatry at Henry Ford, and a fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Wayne State University. She is board-certified in Adult, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She has practiced in a variety of settings in the metro Detroit area including inpatient, residential, outpatient, school-based and juvenile justice programs.
- Recognize that it’s not a character flaw to feel overwhelmed by stress, to feel anxious or depressed. Fight the stigma in your own mind that there’s something wrong with you for feeling this way – and instead take the first step to acknowledge your feelings.
- Start by making time for yourself by taking small breaks throughout the day.
- It’s OK to not be feeling OK, and it’s OK to ask for help: talk to a friend or see a therapist.
- Find a way to move your body that feels right to you.
- Get enough sleep. Without a solid sleep schedule, you’ll be less able to function at work or at home – which can make depression worse.
- Though you might feel pulled to overuse drugs and alcohol, resist the urge – as in the end they will worsen depression and stress.
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