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Stress Awareness Month: Keep Stress to a Minimum

man holding his head due to stress

Learning to cope with stress is important for all of us. Here are a few ways to relieve stress.

Organize and clean your home and workspace. Place everything in a designated place and label it, so you will be able to find items when you are looking for them. This is a great way to keep your life in order and lessen your stress and anxiety.

Be responsible with your money. Start keeping careful track of where your money is going – you could be surprised when you see how much of it is really just wasted.

Fix your posture. When people slouch, they may not receive as much oxygen to the brain and that can make them stressed. Having and maintaining good posture can help you keep your stress levels down.

Identify your stress. Try keeping a stress journal. Each time you find yourself feeling stressed out, make a note of it in your journal. Record what happened, how it made you feel and how you responded to the situation.

Try meditation. Meditating helps relax your muscles and your mind. Studies show that regular meditators have much more activity in the left pre-frontal cortex: the area of the brain that is associated with feelings of joy and calmness.

Go to bed an hour earlier. Naturally waking (before an alarm) may provide a relaxing feeling. By going to bed earlier, you may feel refreshed and ready to take on the next day.

Face your problems head on. This is extremely important because issues that are causing stress may not go away and postponing or avoiding them may only make the issues worse with time.

Exercise. If you find that you are under stress from your job or personal situation, regular exercise can help you feel better. Taking a long walk, going to the gym, dancing or doing yoga are all forms of exercise that can help you feel less stressed.

Stress is a universal problem in society, but with effective coping mechanisms, it doesn’t have to ruin our mental and physical health. Use these tips as a way of stopping stress in its tracks, so that you can enjoy life more and stress less!