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12 Ways to Beat Stress

Stress if a fact of life. It's the tension you feel when faced with a new or difficult situation. It isn't always a bad thing as it can help you meet life's challenges. For example, the rush of energy you get when you are under stress can help you meet a deadline, deal with a family crisis or avoid danger. But TOO much stress can cause problems. Ongoing stress about money, illness or problems with work and relationships adds up and can hurt your mental and physical health. It's possible you might have the following symptoms of stress: headaches, sleeping problems, anger, anxiety, depression, arguing with friends or a partner, and mood changes.

Here are 12 ways that might help you beat stress:

  1. Focus on the positive. Sometimes you have no control over the sources of stress but you can control the way you react.
  2. Talk it out. Talking with a trusted friend can help you sort out your feelings and get a new perspective.
  3. Make a "to-do" list. It can help you manage your time wisely.
  4. Make time for yourself EVERYDAY! Set aside a time each day for something you enjoy.
  5. Try deep breathing. This is one of the easiest ways to relieve tension.
  6. Try muscle relaxation. This technique can help relieve the tension in your muscles.
  7. Get enough sleep. Don't get into a habit of giving up sleep to get more done. Most adults need about 7-8 hours of sleep.
  8. Take regular breaks. Taking a break from what you are doing every once in awhile can help you come back feeling relaxed and refreshed.
  9. Get regular exercise. Regular exercising reduces tension and improves your mood.
  10. Laugh! Laughing can brighten your mood and relieve tension. Try reading a comic strip or watch a funny TV show. Look for the humor in everyday situations.
  11. Eat a healthy diet. Give your body the energy it needs to cope with stress.
  12. Ask for help when needed. Let others share in tasks and chores and if stress gets out of hand don't be afraid to ask for professional help.

Stress is a normal part of life but it doesn't have to control you. Take charge of stress today. For more information on stress and other mental health issues, check out the website of MHAJC.

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