Everyone feels stress. It’s a normal response to challenging or dangerous situations. A small amount of stress can be a good thing because it increases energy and motivation. But too much stress can make people feel overwhelmed.
It can affect quality of life and cause problems with physical and mental health. It's important to look out for the signs that you or someone close to you is stressed. There are different ways to deal with stress, and stress affects everyone differently. A good first step is to understand how it affects you so you can deal with it.
beyondblue's Seven Tips to Manage Stress
1. Postpone major life change
Making major changes in your life can be stressful at any time. If you’re already feeling stressed or anxious, it might be best to avoid or delay significant events, such as moving house or changing jobs.
2. Resolve personal conflicts
Stress in personal relationships can be a major contributor to anxiety and depression. Learning how to communicate honestly with people and address problems or conflicts as they arise is important. A counsellor or psychologist can help you find ways to work through your problems.
3. Do the things you enjoy
Take your mind off your worries by making sure you allow plenty of time for enjoyable activities, such as listening to music, reading, gardening, or spending time with family and friends. Try doing something creative or learning a new craft – a project, such as making a gift for a friend, can provide a goal to work towards and give you a great sense of achievement.
4. Control your work & study
Work and study play a big role in our lives, but it’s important to have a sustainable work/life balance. If work is increasing your stress levels, avoid long hours and additional responsibilities, and learn to say ‘no’ more often.
5. Exercise regularly
Physical exercise can help relieve tension and relax your mind. Team sports can be a great way to socialise and connect with others while exercising. Try to do some physical exercise every day, even if it’s just going for a walk.
6. Get support
Simply talking to someone such as a friend, doctor or counsellor can help relieve stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for support at home, at work or in your other activities.
7. Remember to relax
Incorporating breathing and muscle relaxation exercises into your daily routine may be helpful. They can also be used as short-term coping strategies. Some people find meditation or yoga a good way to unwind.
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