10 tips to manage your stress

Sometimes stress can be a good thing. When you are preparing for an interview, that extra jolt of adrenaline can keep you on your toes. But, when you don’t actively manage stress, it can quickly wreak havoc on your body. When this happens, stress-related tension builds up, and your body becomes more susceptible to various physical, mental and emotional issues, which can then lead to heart attacks, depression, infertility and a low immune system to name a few.

While it is nearly impossible to live a completely stress-free life, here are a few tips to help you cope better:

1. Identify the different signs of stress

Feeling more exhausted, irritated, angry or depressed than usual? Is your skin  looking rather tired. These are just a few of the many signs of stress, so it’s good to be aware and on the lookout so you’re in a position to seek help and treatment.

2. Get enough rest and sleep

It might seem impossible sometimes, but you need to allocate time in your busy schedule to sleep and rest. Try to step away from your laptop over the weekend – while it might seem counterintuitive, the rest you’ll give your body, as a result, will allow it to function far faster and more efficiently when the new week begins.

3. Exercise

Physical activity has been proven to help you feel better, both physically and emotionally. So while you might not have time for a daily gym session, try to sneak in a quick walk over lunch or schedule ‘walk and talk’ meetings – this way, you’ll stimulate endorphins, which can help to lower overall stress levels.

4. Learn to say ‘no’

Work can get hectic – everybody knows that – so don’t feel bad if you just need to put your feet up and veg out on your favourite Netflix series. Learn to say ‘no’ to events you really don’t have the time or energy to attend – your mental well-being is more important.

5. Embrace the little things in life

While big deadlines and projects can at times be overwhelming, sometimes it’s best to savour the little moments of respite. Whether it’s a ten minute coffee break or a night-time reading session, try your best to stay in the moment and be present – your deadline can wait a few minutes.

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