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Can't Let It Get You. Work On Balance And Exercise!

We can’t deny it: stress is an inevitable part of life. As we deal with kids, work, bills and other aspects of our lives, we will encounter not so pleasant bumps along with the pleasant experiences in life. Stress is normal, but there can be instances when stress threatens to take over your life. When stress overwhelms you to a certain point that it’s already a threat to your health, you need to reassess the situation and manage the stress in your life.
There are certain instances when issues with chronic stress need to be brought up with your health provider. A psychologist will usually help you weed through the emotions and pressure you are going through at the moment in order to untangle the situations that are causing your undue stress. This is usually called for when your life is being severely disrupted by the stress, your health is declining, your relationships are suffering and you are entering a state of depression. For milder cases, there are simpler ways to combat stress before it takes over your life. Here are some tips on how to relieve stress.

Strive for work-life balance. You should learn how to achieve a healthy balance between work and your personal life. Sometime people tend to carry work over in their personal lives, causing relationship rifts on the home front. Other people are also guilty of bringing too much personal issues into their workplace. You should learn how to create a line of separation between the two, and as much as possible stick to the boundaries. When you’re at home, try not to think too much about work—if possible, leave the work problems in the office. And when you’re at work, concentrate on doing your job and save the home issues for when you’re out of the office. If your work is stressing you out, you should strive to make your personal space as calming as possible such as surrounding yourself with things that can soothe your nerves. Put up a picture of your kids, put on some relaxing music, keep a pot of plant in the corner space.

Keep friends in the workplace. If your job is stressful, sometimes all you need to take the stress away is an ear to listen. Try to make the workplace a bit more fun by having friends with whom you can share your day’s stresses and joys to. Many get stressed in the workplace because they feel like they are losing out on so much social activities and in their personal relationships because of work—having a friend at work gives you an opportunity to build a social relationship even within the confines of the office.

Squeeze in a “me-time” at least once a week. Make it a point to spend some me-time at least once a week, for at least an hour. This should be time spent doing what you love, without self-judgment or guilt. Get a mani-pedi, have a massage, go to the cinema, or hire a babysitter while you just lay on the tub having a glass of champagne listening to some classical music. In the middle of the chaos of life, you need to periodically remind yourself that you deserve a break—heck, you’ve earned it! If possible, make it a ritual as well to reward yourself with a vacation every quarter.

Exercise! Did you know that exercising reduces stress levels, lowers your risk of contracting many chronic conditions and gets you in a happier mood? This is all true. Strive to have at least 20 minutes a day of exercise and you will see stress disappear soon enough. Exercising also sets you up for a better state of mind to make decisions, so if you’re stressing about something that needs to be decided upon, try exercising first. Sex is also a good way to relieve stress, and in a way this is a form of exercise.