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Mental Health – How to Deal with Stress

Stress is inevitable in the world we are living in today. There is more competition, more work, more things to do and more relationships to maintain than ever. However, with some smart habits incorporated into your daily routine, you can manage stress and come out as a winner.

Do you feel tired when it is just the beginning of the week?

Do you feel overwhelmed every single day?

Are there frequent cases of migraines or headaches and upset stomach?

If yes, then you need to work on controlling and dealing with your stress levels. Here are some tips that can help you deal with stress and lead to a better and improved life, free from any kind of mental tension.

1. Avoid Nicotine, Alcohol and Caffeine

If you cannot avoid these altogether, try to reduce their consumption. These are actually stimulants and will increase stress levels rather than reducing them. Instead of caffeinated drinks and alcohol, try switching to healthy alternatives like water, fruit juices and herbal teas. The intake of sugar also needs to be controlled to keep a lid on the stress levels. Sugar is the main ingredient in many refined and processed foods. Thus, you need to be careful about what you are eating and drinking.

2. Get More Sleep

One of the most common causes of stress is lack of sleep. It is important to have required hours of quality sleep each night to be able to function normally the next day. You will never be at your A-game if you haven’t been able to sleep the last night. It is better to find healthy ways to relax rather than switching to medications for your sleeping issues. Yoga is a great way to relax before you get to bed. Also try going to bed the same time each day to help your mind and body develop a clock and a bedtime routine.

3. Indulge in Physical Activities

Have you heard about the effects of adrenaline and cortisol which are linked to the feelings of fight or flight? The levels of these hormones are increased tremendously in stressful situations. These feelings can be controlled, along with the amount of these stress hormones in the body, when you use this energy in physical activities. It will help restore calmness in your mind and body and if done on a regular basis, you will feel reduced levels of stress in everyday life.

Stress, as mentioned before, is inevitable because of the things we encounter every single day. However, you can keep the stress levels under control by following the tips above. Once you are able to control your stress levels, your mind and body will enter a relaxed stage that will allow you to be more productive and happier.