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Published On: Sat, Jan 9th, 2021

How to Limit Your Stress Levels

Stress and anxiety are common conditions that a large number of the population suffer with, which can be caused by work, personal circumstances or responsibilities. When your body is under intense pressure, you may find that your stress levels are starting to have a negative impact on both your body and mind. You may notice unusual symptoms develop, strange behaviors and intense emotions. While you may feel out of control, there are many ways you can keep your stress levels to a minimum.

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Here are just a few ideas you may like to take into consideration to limit your stress levels:

 

  • Take control

 

In certain situations, you may feel as though you are completely out of your depth, however, there’s no reason why you can’t take the reins to put yourself as a priority. One tip to bear in mind is that there is always a solution to every problem, therefore, break down the issue and get to the source of what is causing you to feel out of control. If, for example, you are taking care of an elderly relative full-time and feel as though you’re struggling to cope around your other responsibilities, it may be an idea to consider senior living care for your loved one by browsing this senior directory to ensure your loved one is getting the care and attention they deserve, while protecting your mental health.

 

  • Connect with people

 

It’s natural to feel isolated during the height of your stress, however, it’s always a good idea to connect with others – whether it be family, friends are colleagues so you’re able to open up about your issues and concerns. They may be able to see your situation in an entirely different way and help you come up with strategies. Not only that, but research has proven that spending time with loved ones can help you feel relaxed and enables you to forget your worries which in turn, lowers your stress levels. 

 

  • Have some ‘me’ time

 

You may class yourself as a ‘people-pleaser’ and constantly says ‘yes’ to everything that is thrown your way, full-well knowing that you’re going to struggle to get the task done. However, putting this pressure on yourself is only fueling your stress levels further. Everyone deserves the chance to socialize, relax and enjoy their hobbies outside of their commitments to keep their mental health in check – you owe it to yourself.

 

  • Set yourself challenges

 

While all you may wish to do is relax when you’re stressed, scientific evidence has shown that setting yourself challenges can, in fact, ease stress by giving you a new focus and helping build your confidence. By progressing with learning, researchers have stated that it can allow you to become mentally stronger, by giving you the drive to achieve, rather than simply give up.

 

  • Avoid unhealthy habits

 

During the worst periods of stress, you may turn to unhealthy habits such as alcohol or smoking to help manage your stress levels. While this provides a temporary fix, it could lead to even more severe problems. 

With this in mind, you need to target the source of the problem to relieve your stress for the long-term by seeking counseling.

Author: Carol Trehearn

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