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Are you experiencing too much stress lately? Try to follow these steps

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With all the bad things that is happening around the world and the pressure being given on us at work, school, and at home, sometimes it is so hard to avoid not being affected and stressed.
Many people face stress every day due to issues with their family, work, financial obligations, and health concerns.
Trying to lessen the chronic stress of daily life as much as possible is very essential for our everyday health since too much stress can increase the risk of having heart disease, anxiety disorders, and depression.
Here are the following habits that you can try and follow to relieve stress, according to Healthline and Health Hub:
1. Lessen phone use and screen time
Sometimes too much use of smartphones, computers, and tablets can be unavoidable especially if you use them at work or school.
According to National Institutes of Health, "the problematic use of cell phones has been associated with personality variables, such as extraversion, neuroticism, self-esteem, impulsivity, self-identity, and self-image. Similarly, sleep disturbance, anxiety, stress, and, to a lesser extent, depression, which are also associated with Internet abuse, have been associated with problematic cell phone use."
That is why it is recommended for you to only spend a specific amount of time scrolling social media every day, in order to avoid this kind of bad side effects.
2. Spend quality time with your friends and family
Having social support from family and friends can help you to get over stressful times. This is very important for your overall mental health. If you feel alone and sad, try to spend time with them and they can help you feel that you are not alone and this can ease your loneliness.
"Friend or romantic partner support moderated the relationships between perceived stress and loneliness, and self-rated physical health, but not depressive symptoms," according to study.
3. Stretch out your stress
A quick way to get relief from stress and anxiety is to get up and exercise. Many studies showed that having physical activity can help in reducing stress and improving mood.
Sedentary behavior can cause more stress, poor mood, and sleep disturbances. If you're currently inactive, start with gentle activities such as walking or biking.
Try to create a habit of having regular exercise so that it can improve symptoms of common mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression
4. Practice self-care
There could be different types of self-care; some people consider self-care as; going for a walk outside, taking a bath, getting a massage, exercising, etc.
Always try to take a few minutes to follow a mindful breathing exercise every day so that your body and mind will be relaxed.
Take note that self-care does not need to be expensive. It simply means tending to your well-being and happiness.
5. Limit your caffeine intake
If you are someone who loves to drink coffee, tea, chocolate, and energy drinks several times a day, then it is time for you to lessen it since these drinks can stimulate your central nervous system.
Drinking too many caffeinated drinks can worsen and increase feelings of anxiety. This can also affect your sleep.
While some people can tolerate too much caffeine, it is very important for you to observe if caffeinated drinks make you jittery or anxious, if yes, consider cutting back by replacing coffee or energy drinks with decaffeinated herbal tea or water.
6. Avoid procrastination
Always create a list of things that you need to finish every day to avoid procrastination.
Procrastination may harm your productivity and leave you scrambling to catch up. This can cause stress, which negatively affects your health and sleep quality
Lastly, try to follow a good healthy diet, since this can affect your overall health. Sometimes stress may lead you to overeat highly palatable foods, which may harm your overall health and mood.
Instead try to eat more vegetables, fruits, beans, fish, nuts, and seeds which are helpful in decreasing your stress and bad mood. (KBAPI)

Last Modified: 2022-May-13 10.52.09 UTC+0800