24 easy tips to reduce stress

Stress is the biggest enemy in the modern world. Although experts agree that acceptable levels of stress increase productivity, when the reactions are inappropriate they can lead to health problems. The diseases most often connected to a stressful environment are heart disease, high blood pressure and cancer.

Doctors now recognise that stress is connected to other conditions like asthma, allergies, migraines, ulcers, bowel and skin problems. The facts speak for themselves: 75-90% of all visits to the doctor are stress-related.

To protect your health and deal with stress effectively, isolate the sources of your stress - then plan a strategy for coping.
Here's How To Reduce Your Stress!:

1. Spend time in relationship with God. a social support system
2. Take regular breaks from your work.
3. When you feel stressed, practice taking long, deep breaths.
4. Get regular exercise. Shoot for a minimum of 20 minutes three times per week.
5. Eat a balanced diet to Maintain a healthy weight.
6. Choose to eat nutritious food
7. Avoid caffeine, which is a stimulant.
8. Avoid depending upon drugs and alcohol to help you relax. This can quickly become a crutch.
9. Learn time management and organization skills.
10. Use your sense of humor to lighten difficult situations.
11. Seek to find the positive in every situation. View adversity as an opportunity for learning and growth.
12. Do not bury your emotions. This is a temporary fix at best. Unresolved emotions can resurface as nightmares or physical illness.
13. If you find that a relationship makes you stressed, end it if possible. If it's not possible, remember that you may not be in control their behavior, but you are in control of how you react to it.
14. Give compliments freely and smile often. You'll be amazed how the mood around you will change and how in turn you will feel better.
15. Learn to really listen to what others are saying rather than getting upset because you disagree. Seek to find areas of common ground and work for a compromise.
16. Share your workload with family and colleagues
17. Get up early - set aside an hour before everyone else wakes up to get organised for the day
18. Get rid of clutter
19. Don't take on too much at once
20. Take breaks in the day - even just 10 minutes - to clear your head
21. Develop a forgiving attitude
22. Give yourself a license to be imperfect
23. Wind down with some relaxing music
24. Just say "no"


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