Like most people, you probably deal with some stress in your life. Maybe it's your job, family, or day-to-day life. It doesn't have to be something extraordinary to cause stress. But, whatever the source, stress can take a toll on your mental and physical health.
There's good news, though: you can do plenty of things to reduce, prevent, and cope with stress. With simple changes you can make over time, you will keep stress at bay and live a happier, more prosperous, and most of all – healthier life.
Here are eight tips for managing stress.
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Get Regular Exercise
Exercise relieves stress and boosts your overall mood. Even a moderate amount of exercise can make a big difference. So get moving and see how it helps you feel. All you really need is about 20 minutes a day of intentional exercise.
Eat a Healthy Diet
Eating nutritious food, mostly plants, but from a wide variety of healthy sources, helps your body cope with stress and improves overall health. So make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains in your diet.
Get Enough Sleep
When you're tired, you're more likely to feel stressed out. Therefore, ensure that you set aside enough sleeping time. You need to get seven to eight hours of sleep most nights.
Take Breaks during the Day
If you're feeling overwhelmed, take a few minutes to yourself to relax and rejuvenate. Go for an evening stroll, read your favorite book, or listen to music. Just a short period of downtime can help reduce stress levels.
Learn How to Say No
Sometimes you have to say no, even if it means disappointing someone. Don't try to do everything at once or take on more than you can handle. This will only lead to more stress.
Practice Relaxation Techniques
You can try many different relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga. Find one that works for you and make it a part of your daily routine.
Seek Professional Help
If you’re struggling, don't be afraid to seek professional help. A therapist, counsellor, or even a life coach especially trained in dealing with anxiety can teach you how to manage stress and support you during tough times.
Make Time for Yourself
In addition to taking breaks during the day, it's essential to make time for yourself regularly. Whether taking a weekend getaway or just getting together with friends, make sure to schedule some time for activities you enjoy. This will help you relax and de-stress.
Making small changes in your lifestyle can make a big difference in how you feel. So don't wait. Start managing stress today and enjoy a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.
What the pros are suggesting...
“Times of stress are also times that are signals for growth, and if we use adversity properly, we can grow through adversity.” — Dr. Abraham Twerski
“There is no such thing as a stress-free life. No evidence has ever been presented which suggests that a stress-free life can ever be achieved. Stress can be managed, relieved and lessened, but never eliminated.” — Gudjon Bergman
"Many of us feel stress and get overwhelmed not because we're taking on too much, but because we're taking on too little of what strengthens us." — Marcus Buckingham.
How do you usually reduce, prevent, and cope with stress? Did you find any suggestion above that would suit your usual routine in dealing with stress?
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