Counter stress with these 5 tips

In modern societies, stress has become the biggest health problem. Tensions can run high with financial pressure, work pressure and family pressure. There is so much to do and so little time! But stress can be managed using the 5 quick tips listed below and some initiative on your part.

1. Each day, devote at least one hour to relaxing, away from the daily grind. Don't worry about what's going on in the world. Focus on what you love. It's important to unwind, whether by reading a book, playing a musical instrument, or taking a relaxing bath with candles and music (and perhaps a glass of wine). All of these activities will aid in your mental health.

2. Trying to find solutions to problems while dealing with multiple stressful situations can be very difficult. It's like being caught in a sandstorm and not being able to see out. Consider taking some time away from your problems so you can gather your thoughts by spending a day or a weekend somewhere peaceful to relax. Keep a journal handy so you can record any ideas. Distancing yourself from problems can bring clarity; if you relax, you'll be calmer and more able to find solutions than when you're in the heat of battle.

3. People get stressed when they are dealing with a change or a number of changes in their lives. Living in a constant state of uncertainty can cause stress levels to skyrocket. Rather than resisting change, consider and embrace the positive aspects of changes as there is always something positive to take away from uncertainty. Stress is not caused by change; it is caused by how you respond to it. If you respond negatively, you will just be increasing stress.

4. It may seem you have a seemingly endless list of tasks, be it about the house, paperwork, car maintenance, junk removal, raking the leaves, weeding the garden, or cleaning the patio. However, putting them off, just makes the list grow longer and increases stress over time.

A possible solution to this is to list all of such chores in a "blitz day". On this day, rise early and spend the whole day working on these tasks, with a few short breaks. Lunch should be a quick affair, and try to whizz through your duties. You'll get rid of them, and the stress they're causing will decrease. You will also realize how effective and diligent you are when you apply the full force of your will to your tasks.

5. Take care of yourself. This is a day where you can enjoy a stress-free day and forget about the rigours of everyday life. It will also boost your well-being and make you feel better. A light workout, a swim, a sauna, a Jacuzzi or a steam room can all be beneficial. You should at least do it once a month for a stress-free experience.

These 5 Tips will significantly reduce your stress levels, but they will only work if you follow them. Make sure you give them a try - they'll amaze you!

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