Stress is a normal part of everyday life. It can have positive effects, such as motivating us towards progress or aiding our response to danger. But, as we all know, too much stress also takes a negative toll on our bodies. These effects can be mental, such as depression, or physical, such as headaches, gastric problems, or even heart disease. Here are some tips to help reduce stress in your life:
- Take a few minutes of “me” time—listen to music, read a book, exercise, or just sit quietly.
- Have fun—connect with family and friends, or join a social group or support group.
- Get some rest—sleep six to eight hours a night, take regular breaks during the day, and plan restful activities during your vacation time.
- Don’t over-extend yourself—it’s okay to say no sometimes or even ask others for help when you are overwhelmed.
It would be nice to find out what stress relievers do or don’t work for you, or to hear some stories about how you implemented some of these stress-reducing techniques in your life. Let’s help each other stay healthy.