Who’s at risk?
Who isn’t at risk? We’re all leading more hectic lives, balancing work, family, education, social obligations, etc. Stress can lead to anxiety, depression, and bad habits – like smoking, excessive drinking, overeating – that take a toll on our health. Chronic stress can wear down your cardiovascular, immune and gastrointestinal systems.
Kick back and take in these stress relief tips:
- Ask yourself what stresses you out. Identifying your personal stressors is the first step towards coping with them.
- Make more of life with less. Cut back on your activities, and get rid of the material things that clutter your life.
- Talk about it. Friends, family, co-workers, church and other support groups can help you work through your stress and find solutions.
- Get moving! Studies show that exercise is a great stress reliever.
- Eat, sleep and be stress-free. A healthy diet and a good night’s sleep go a long way towards managing stress.
- Adjust your attitude. Change what you can, and accept what you can’t.
- Keep it in perspective. Ask yourself, "Is this really a matter of life or death, or does it just seem like it right now?"
- Make time for yourself. Set aside some quiet time to read, meditate, or even take a nap.
- Make time for others. Volunteer work can help you forget your own problems and boost your self-esteem.
- Get help if you need it. There’s nothing wrong with seeing a therapist if you can’t cope with stress on your own.
Managing Your Stress In Tough Economic Times
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This content was last modified on: 08/08/2016