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At some point in our life, we’ve all been stressed out and it seems like it would never end. Eventually, it does end, but there are consequences if we get too stressed up- some of them include depression, anxiety, fatigue and it may lead to obesity.
So, the next time you get angry or stressed about something, think twice about the effects that may happen!
Here are ways to help you manage your stress levels and to live a healthier lifestyle.
- Take the time to exercise. Physical activities help release tension and it keeps your body in shape. Don’t worry about how long you should workout; a 20-minute walk, run, swim or dance is enough for you to maintain a healthy life.
2. Get enough sleep
- One of the causes of stress comes from lack of sleep. Practice to sleep early and build a routine out of it. Reduce your intake of caffeine during the day and avoid excessive intake of alcohol. With enough sleep, you won’t be grumpy when you go into work.
3. Learn to relax
- Don’t always think of work. It doesn’t hurt to take some time off for a bit. There are numerous ways to calm your mind, go for a walk outside and appreciate nature or listen to some music.
4. Don’t bottle it up
- Some people tend to bottle up their frustrations until it reaches the limit. Find someone to talk to. Express how you feel to your trusted colleagues, friends or family. Even if you don’t need advice, it’s important to express your feelings rather than to bottling them up.
5. Stay positive
- Instead of thinking of the negatives, focus more on the positive side of things. This will help you to build a more optimistic view of the world.
6. Build a balanced diet
- Maintaining a healthy balanced diet helps you to cope with stress as it provides the essential nutrients needed by our body.
7. Practice time management
- Organize and arrange your time table properly. Be realistic on the amount of time to complete each task. With a proper time management, you don’t have to worry much about time.
- Meditation helps the mind to relax and focus. It may help you to see new perspectives and can help release emotions that cause your body physical stress.
9. Practice healthy response
- Make healthy choices when you feel the tension rise. Don’t be afraid to say ‘no’ if you think you can’t do something. Know your limits and don’t go over it.
10. Take time to recharge
- When you’re working on something heavy, take some time off. Switch off from work and place your mind that can put you at ease. You may even try something called ‘Pomodoro’, where you work for 25 minutes and then have a 5 minute break.
Always remember to have some rest and rejuvenation session and don't overstress yourself.
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