Stress is a natural and normal part of life, but it can become overwhelming and have negative impacts on our physical and emotional well-being if not managed effectively.
Here are some strategies for managing stress:
Practice relaxation techniques: Deep breathing, meditation and yoga are effective ways to relax the body and calm the mind.
Exercise regularly: Physical activity can help reduce stress, improve mood, and boost self-esteem. If you don’t have lots of time available, look at our video on 5-minute movement activities.
Get enough sleep (when you can): Doing some research, it is apparently ideal to get 7-9 hours of sleep per night. However, I also get that many of us have kids, perhaps kids who don’t sleep very well…and we have lots of things to do. So, when you can, try to get 7-9 hours of sleep.
Connect with others: Spend time with friends, family, or a support group to build social connections and reduce feelings of isolation. If you feel that you don’t have anyone that you can relate to, why don’t you look for an activity or hobby club that interests you? Other people doing the same activity will then automatically share the same interest as you, which makes things a little easier.
Practice mindfulness: Mindfulness can help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and sensations and can help you stay calm and grounded, even in challenging situations.
Set realistic goals: Be mindful of your expectations for yourself and your life, and be realistic about what you can accomplish in a day. Write down your goals or things you need to get done during the day and cross them off as you do it. We are way more likely to meet our goals if we write them down.
Make time for leisure: Engage in activities you enjoy, such as hobbies, art, or reading, to help you relax and recharge.
Remember, managing stress is an ongoing process, and what works for one person may not work for another. It's important to experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you. Don't be afraid to seek professional help if your stress levels are affecting your quality of life.
Remember to also check out the video guide "How to manage stress" on the Tracto app.
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