How to deal with stress and depression

Dont let stress be your master!

Lifestyle
18. Nov 2021
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How to deal with stress and depression

In today’s society, stress and change often are thought of as the same thing.

Stress is a physiological and psychological response to situations the body and mind find to be overwhelming.

We often ask ourselves how we should manage stress.

There are many ways people manage stress and reduce the overall stress of day-to-day activities. With the fast pace of work and home, and being constantly  filled with technology and still wanting to have time to connect with those around us, our lives can feel overwhelming and stressful at times.

Here are five key tips to help you feel less stressed:

 

1. Take a Deep Breath

Deep breathing is a great way to reduce the activation of your sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s response to a perceived threat. Deep breaths taken in to a count of five seconds, held for two seconds and released to a count of five seconds, can help activate your parasympathetic nervous system, which helps reduce the overall stress and anxiety you may be experiencing.

2. Excercise regularly and eat healthy

Physical exercise and nutrition are two important components in how you respond to stress.

When your body is healthy, your mind can be healthy and vice versa.

Physical exercise is proven to be a great stress reliever and also helps to improve your overall quality of life.

Normalise taking a walk in the morning, a morning jog even drinking warm water early in the morning to flush your body.

Nutrition is important as stress can deplete certain vitamins, such as A, B complex, C and E.

Maintaining proper nutrition not only helps your body feel better, but your mind as well, which allows you to better combat stress.

3. Manage social media time.

Spending time on social media sites can become stressful, not only by what we might see on them, but also because the time you are spending on social media might be best spent enjoying visiting with friends, being outside enjoying the weather or reading a great book.

4. Listen to Comforting Music.

Music is therapetic.

Listen to your favourite songs.

Look for that favourite playlist and nod stress away.

5. Connect with others.

Humans are social beings.

You need to have connections with people to feel supported.

Finding a sense of community — whether at work, with a religious organization, or through shared activities, such as organized sports — is important to your well-being.

Enjoying a shared activity allows you to find support and foster relationships that can be supportive in difficult times.

 

Do you wish to assist others who are stressed out? Leave a comment below:

 

 

 

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