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Manage Your Stress Effectively

Stress is a normal reaction to everyday pressures. However, excessive stress can be detrimental.

In today’s fast-paced and competitive world, feeling stressed can be perfectly normal. Stress is an inevitable part of life. It can come from life changes, work, school, family responsibilities or financial problems.

Not all stress is bad for you. It is simply the body’s response to changes that create challenging demands. Little stress can be motivating, but it is only beneficial if it is short-lived. However, good stress can become bad for you if you are struggling with too much of it. When your body's stress response goes on for a prolonged period, it will lead to many health issues, including cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, anxiety or depression.

While you may not be able to eliminate all stress, but there are often ways that you can minimise or manage your stress well.

Eat healthily

Good nutrition is an important stress management tool. You are able cope with stress better with a well-nourished body. Eat a balanced diet with a combination of carbohydrates, proteins, fruits and vegetables.

Limit smoking/ drinking

It is not uncommon for some people to use alcohol and cigarettes to deal with times of stress. However, this may do more harm than good. Do not rely on them to reduce stress.

Exercise regularly

Exercise lowers your stress hormones (cortisol), and pumps up endorphins that improve your mood. Besides, it also helps boost your confidence levels. Involve yourself in exercises you enjoy for an emotional lift, such as jogging, dancing, hiking, etc.

Take time to relax

Nurturing yourself is a necessity, not a luxury. You need to include rest and leisure time in your daily schedule. This is your time to unplug from all responsibilities and rejuvenate your body and mind.

Get a restful sleep

Sleep is a powerful stress reducer. A good night’s sleep powers your mind and restores your body. You can be a better problem solver and able to manage stress better when you are well-rested.

Consider natural herbal supplements

Before selecting prescription drugs to relieve stress, you may want to try out natural herbs remedies. Natural herbs, such as ashwagandha and lavender, are well-known for their ability to reduce stress and symptoms of anxiety.

Start managing your stress effectively and get the most of your life!

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