How to reduce stress

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Life can be intense, and with an active life usually comes stress. Stress. It makes your heart beat and your breathing speeds up.

Since it is our perception of events that causes stress, check your thoughts to see if you are interpreting situations correctly or if your personal speech increases your stress level.

New research suggests that stress can only be bad for you if you think it is. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal encourages us to see stress as a positive element and introduces us to a little-known mechanism for reducing stress: contact with others.

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Here are some practical tips you can use:

  • Accept results that are beyond your control, rather than fighting to solve problems over which you have no influence.

  • Unexpected daily worries can arise, so be psychologically flexible to deal with them.

  • Develop a regular sleep routine so that your body is well rested, your mood is manageable and your mind is clear.

  • Eat a healthy diet to give your body a sustained energy supply and the necessary nutrients throughout the day.

  • To counter the stress that builds up over time, exercise regularly.

  • Breathe to relax - it's a remarkably simple, easy and effective way to manage stress. You only need a few minutes.

  • Set aside time regularly to recharge your batteries so you can be more relaxed to cope with life.

  • Practice mindfulness to help you live more in the present moment and communicate better with others.

  • Reassess where you are heading in relation to your goals and whether they help you live a rewarding life.

  • Do things you love to be in a better mood and increase your energy.

  • Implement strategies to minimize the daily worries that cause you the most stress. It can be as simple as planning meals to minimize the time spent wondering what to prepare each evening.