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Why am I Stressed? How to manage

As we've learned previously, stress can ruin our overall health. When we are stressed, we can experience symptoms like anger, depression, fear and destruction of trust in others. On the contrary, there are many ways that we can cope with and manage stress. Below you'll find some tips on what you can start doing to reduce these occurrences.

Tip #1 - Take breaks

Breaks are essential to managing stress because it allows you to gain time for yourself. Some mindful breaks you can take are:

  • reducing the time spent on your electronic devices (i.e. phone or computer).

  • going for a walk

  • pausing from daily activities to check in and refocus your mind

Tip #2 - Build a community

Developing a community of trusted individuals who you can talk to is crucial for emotional health. With this support, you are able to gain strategies on how to problem solve strategically, get relief from harboring ill feelings as well as gain a boost in your mood.

Tip #3 - Eat better foods

While food may not be the first thing you think about when you hear the word stress, it can definitely play a role. Overeating can be a result of stress since we are looking for comfort. Therefore, having more wholesome foods in our diet improves our energy and overall well being.

Tip #4 - Be honest with yourself and others

Should you be in situations that are causing you stress, ask yourself if it is worth the hassle. Sometimes we take on more responsibilities because we don't want to let others down, thus, we become overwhelmed by the tasks. If you are faced with this scenario, understand that it is okay to say "no" to anything that could exacerbate how you're currently feeling.

Tip #5 - Exercise

Get your body moving! Exercise not only gets you closer to your dream body, but it also influences how you feel. Don't have time for a steady gym routine? Webmd (2023) suggests the following:

  • Bike instead of driving to the store.

  • Use the stairs instead of the elevator.

  • Park as far as you can from the door.

  • Hand-wash your car.

  • Clean your house.

  • Walk on your lunch break.

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