Reducing stress is a very good thought. It can affect your mental, physical and emotional health. We’ve compiled our top 9 tips for managing stress

1. Find out what causes you stress

2. Avoid situations and things that stress you out

3. Change the things you can and learn about the things you can’t . Take time to “unplug”

5. Exercise

6. Eat healthy

7. Improve your “relaxation response” with relaxation techniques

8 . Avoid stressors

9. Get enough sleep

10. Find your security

1. Find out what makes you nervous

It’s not that simple. Thoughts, feelings and behaviors that may be causing you stress. Other causes of stress to consider may include: work pressures, financial situations, relationship problems or life events such as death, marriage, divorce or retirement.

2. Avoid situations and things that stress you more than others.

Now, this advice only applies to things that are not your direct duty or responsibility (discussed in #3 below). Here, we encourage you to avoid frivolous or unnecessary stressors such as: spending too much time, negative or anxious people, reporting the evening news, or discussing “hot” topics.

3. change the things you can change and recognize the things you cannot change

willingness to make concessions to reduce discord in the family; manage your time better; be more assertive and learn to say no to external obligations; Take positive action to deal with employment, money or relationship problems. Often, simply taking positive action can make a situation much better. Acknowledge your unsolvable problems and accept that they are “unsolvable”. Remember this helpful prayer: “God, give me peace to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; wisdom to know the difference.” .

Give yourself time to “unplug” Take time Regular self-care is absolutely essential to “healthy stress.” Making time for fun and relaxation will help you better manage life’s inevitable stresses. Do something you enjoy every day, even if you like to read a good book for half an hour. Make it a priority to regularly participate in your favorite hobbies and leisure activities. Remember that humor is “nature is quieter” and take the time to “smell the roses.” Your health really depends on it!

5. Doing exercises can improve your overall health and well-being. This increases your energy levels and makes your body more ready to fight stress. Exercise also releases endorphins, the “feel good” chemicals, into your system. So start your day with an exercise and routine that works for you. Start slowly and gradually increase your strength and endurance. Incorporate exercise into your routine. This is very important!

6. Eat well Eat healthy; A well-nourished body can better adapt to stress. Start the day with a light and healthy breakfast of whole grains, yogurt and fruit. Replace 3 large meals with small, nutritious snacks throughout the day to keep you going. Eat more complex carbohydrates [whole grains, legumes, fresh fruits and vegetables]. Complex carbohydrates not only stabilize blood sugar, but also increase serotonin, which has a calming effect.

7. Learn the “relaxation response” through relaxation techniques You can lower your stress levels by practicing relaxation techniques, which stimulate the body’s relaxation response, a state of deep physical and mental rest that is the opposite of the “stress response”. Practicing regular yogic breathing, tai chi, mindful meditation, and/or guided visualization can improve your physical and emotional resilience, help maintain physical health, and restore happiness and peace to your life.

8. Avoid substances that cause stress Many people who suffer from stress and anxiety turn to prescription drugs for help. Because? They are desperately looking for a quick solution to their problem! Although medication may be necessary in some cases, people (and their doctors) often overdo it. Avoid excessive alcohol and recreational (street) drugs. Self-medication with alcohol or drugs can relieve stress, but the relief is only temporary. When these medications wear off, they can make anxiety and depression worse. Using alcohol or drugs to relieve anxiety can also put you on a path that can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Also, reduce caffeine and sugar intake. Caffeine and temporary sugar intake often lead to low mood and low energy.

9. Get enough sleep Getting enough sleep nourishes your body and mind. It is much easier to maintain emotional balance and reduce stress levels when you are well rested. Fatigue can increase stress by making you think irrationally and make bad decisions. Maintain a regular sleep routine, including weekends. Your “internal clock” helps maintain your regular sleep-wake cycles. Avoid triggering situations or foods before bed. Get as much sleep as possible and try not to fall into restlessness. Worrying about it will only make the problem worse.

Find your peace – Did you know that you are the true master of your life and that you can choose happiness for yourself? Well, you have that ability. If you allow them to happen, stressful events can build up, trap you, and ultimately prevent you from enjoying the finer things in life. Make recognizing the good things in life part of your daily routine. When you’re getting ready for bed, think about the things (and people) you’re grateful for. Send a prayer of thanksgiving to your higher power if you agree.