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How to deal with STRESS!

Chronic stress can wear down the body’s natural defences and lead to a variety of physical symptoms. Below are some of these warning signs, do you identify with any of them?

Stress is everywhere, but how you deal with it matters. Here are some techniques that you can implement to deal with stress and thrive in life.

1) Identify the cause of your stress

Only by knowing what is stressful to you, can you then develop a strategy to face it.

2) Get to know yourself better

A good understanding of your personality and the way you work can help you a lot when dealing with stress. It allows you to change your way of thinking and responding to your environment’s pressures. You can replace negative thoughts with positive ones, regain confidence in your capacities and keep things in perspective.

3) Talk about it

Stress often leads to a sense of loneliness. Expressing your feelings to people whom you trust (Friends, family, health coach) can have a significant anti-stress effect. A problem shared is a problem halved.

4) Learn to manage your time

A good management of your time can help you avoid doing too much extra work and give you a sense of control to better manage your stress.

5) Restore your work life balance

Workaholics all end up cracking! It’s important to maintain a proper balance between work and private life.

6) Adopt a healthier lifestyle

Those who can best deal with their stress when facing difficult situations are those who are in excellent physical health. Regular physical activity, relaxation techniques (relaxation therapy, meditation, yoga) and a balanced diet significantly contribute to managing stress.

7) Avoid stimulants

Nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and refined sugar products are all stimulants, so using them when stressed will only prolong your state of stress.

8) Get a good night’s sleep

Bad sleep is both a cause and symptom of stress. Allow your body and mind to relax before bed by creating a wind down routine. Prepare for a good night’s sleep by removing all stimulants and do something relaxing!

9) Listen to your body

Your body will tell you what it needs; it is important you tune in and listen. If you feel tired, hungry or thirsty, do something about it.

10) Learn to say “NO”

Simple yet effective. Negotiate a mutually agreeable outcome and when “no” is the appropriate response, say it without guilt.

11) Take 5

Take a break and calm down with a walk, flick through a magazine or listen to some music. Don’t continue with something if it’s driving you crazy leave it for a while and come back to it later with a fresh perspective.

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