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In challenging times, many people are under some sort of stress. Some are under more stress than others; however, one of the keys to good health is how well you manage your stress. Stress can pile up and cause chronic mental and physical health problems, such as insomnia, anxiety, depression, and fatigue if not kept in check. There are a few ways you can keep your stress level under control to keep yourself happy and healthy.
- Take a break: This may sound like the toughest thing when work, kids and many other things are looming. However, when you give yourself permission to take a break, the stress withers away. You can always come back to it.
- Smile and laugh: Forcing yourself to smile can be tough in moments of high stress but can help relieve some of your inner tension.
- Meditate: If taking a break is out of the question, set aside time at the end of the day and form a meditation routine. This can help you relax and focus, allowing your body to tune down.
- Exercise: The endorphins your body gets from exercising can last for several hours, relieving you of stress while actually making you feel good.
- Resources: Beyond self‐help, you need resources in your life to help relieve stress. Look for online social groups or support, or connect with a friend.
If you are able to follow these few simple tips on a daily basis, you'll see your stress level reduce. You'll also feel better and healthier overall.