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Written by Jenny Goldade

 

Being a funeral director is a stressful job. You’re on call 24/7 and help families during the most emotional and worst times in their lives. Although it’s all rewarding in the end, it can take a toll on your mental health.

 

With April being Stress Awareness Month, we want to share some ways funeral directors can reduce their stress.

 

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Take Time to Unplug

Everyone needs some time to unplug from the world for a bit, whether that’s by taking a short walk on your favorite path or spending time with loved ones.

 

This means that you take in your surroundings and avoid checking your phone, social media accounts, and other notifications. You can still have your phone’s sound on in case an emergency arises, but avoid actively checking it, because this is a time for you to just enjoy where you’re at.

 

Do What Makes You Happy

Take time to do what brings you joy. It could be reading, listening to music, watching a movie, or another hobby. Taking time for these things that bring us happiness helps us feel less stressed and remember to appreciate the little things in life.

 

Do What Makes You Laugh

Laughter is one of the best medicines! Gather your funeral home’s staff for a team bonding night at a comedy show! Or have a movie night watching everyone’s favorite comedy movies. Whatever activity you choose, laughing with those you love is sure to help you not feel stressed.

 

Try Something New

Do you have a bucket list? Pick something to cross off your list! Whether it’s trying a new food or taking a local art class, have fun trying something new. Working toward and accomplishing these goals can help lower your stress levels.

 

Take Care of Yourself

Most importantly, taking care of yourself should always come first. You can’t accomplish any of your other goals without doing this. So give yourself the time you deserve to stay mentally and physically healthy. You can join a local gym or take a run around your town. Or join a yoga class or practice meditation and deep breathing.

 

Stress Relieving Apps

It seems like there’s an app for everything now, even for relieving stress! Having an app on your phone makes it convenient for you to set aside some time for it each day. Check out this article for some free app suggestions!

 

What other ways do you relieve stress? Share them with us in the comments!