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Stress is a big problem in the world today, and it can cause many different medical conditions from anxiety and depression to heart disease, high blood pressure, and stroke, to name just a few. Therefore, if at all possible, it’s best to avoid stress in our lives. That may sound like something that just can’t be done, but if you really try, stress can be avoided, or at least reduced, most of the time. Here are some tips on how to do it.
Face Your Problems
Stress comes when you have problems – or perceived problems – and you don’t deal with them. It can, of course, feel much easier and even less stressful (at first) to hide away from the issues that are causing you problems and to hope that they will just go away, but this is rarely what happens; in most cases, doing this will actually make the problem worse.
Therefore, no matter what the issue might be, facing it and tackling it head on will reduce your stress levels in the long term, even if it is an uncomfortable thing to do in the present. There are always going to be solutions to the problems you are facing – if your bills are piling up, you can get a no credit check loan to consolidate them and make things easier. If your health is an issue, you can see a doctor to get some answers. If your relationship is causing you problems, you can talk it through, or leave altogether. Face your problems, and you will be much less stressed.
Relaxation is a wonderful way to combat stress. Not only will it reduce your anxiety levels and make things clearer so that you can come up with solutions, but it feels good in general. Whether the stress has been ongoing or you have simply had a hard day, relaxing will mean you have less cortisol (the stress hormone) in your body, and that’s a good thing. Here are some good ways to relax:
- Watch TV
- Soak in the tub
- Listen to music
- Paint (or do other crafts)
- Have a massage
What you choose to do will depend on how much time you have and what you enjoy. It really doesn’t matter what you choose as long as you do something to reduce your stress levels when they are high. Not doing anything and worrying about things will make you sick.
Manage Your Time
Sometimes it’s not what you’re doing that is causing you stress but how much you’re doing. Piling on too much because you feel it needs to be done or you have taken on too many tasks because you didn’t want to say no means that you are giving yourself added pressure that you simply don’t need.
Better time management can help you reduce that stress and make life a lot easier. Make a to-do list that orders everything that needs to be completed in order of priority. That way, you’ll know what you need to do first and what can wait if need be. Get the most urgent and important tasks out of the way first, and everything else will be easier. If you leave the most important things to the end, you might run out of time, and this will cause