You can’t avoid stress in your daily life but you can manage it. Don’t ignore stress as stress can lead to major health problems and it affects your health mentally and physically. It can lead to mental health problems such as depression or anxiety and physical health problems such as acne, hair loss, fluctuations in weight and life-threatening heart attacks.
Create a list of positive ways to manage stress to keep your stress levels in check and low. Here we have listed 5 things that you can do.
1) Take Charge of Your Health
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Taking care of your health helps you both mentally and physically. Focus on healthy habits such as healthy diet, exercise 3-4 times a week and go for body check-up annually. The best way to reclaim control of your life is by taking charge of your health.
2) Make a Change
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Start with a small positive change. It can be as simple as cleaning up your work desk or your bedroom, step away from your work desk for 5 minutes and take a walk or take 5 minutes to do simple exercises at your work desk or simply go for a short vacation. A small positive change can make a difference to the stressors in your life.
3) Laughter is the Best Medicine
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Watch funny videos, movies or talk to a funny friend who keeps you happy. Do whatever it takes to give yourself time for laughter each and every day.
4) Join Meditation or Yoga Classes
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Meditation or yoga may be used to reduce stress, anxiety, depression and tension as both practices promote relaxation and calmness. It requires you to focus to achieve a mentally clear and emotionally calm state.
5) Help Others
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Volunteer to help others take your mind off the stress in your life and you’ll cultivate an attitude of gratitude as you help others who are not able to get help for themselves. You’ll also feel happy and relieved to be able to help people or animals in need and you’re actually making a positive difference to their lives.
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