Get a handle on your stress

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Everyone experiences a degree of stress at some point in their lives – work, deadlines, even family situations can all be an onset for stress. Unfortunately, since our daily lives are made up of these elements, stress can be a natural result but it’s how we deal with this stress that makes the difference.

Carla Yssel, brand manager from Linctagon® explains that it is important to try and manage your stress before your health suffers, and provides 5 simple tips to include in your daily life:

Meditate

Taking 10 minutes out of your day to “ohm!” might seem silly, but ‘this’ 10 minutes is when you can clear your mind, lower your heart rate, breathe deeply and calm down. You might be surprised how much clearer everything becomes when you take yourself out of the equation for a moment.

Passion

Finding something to do that you are passionate about can be easier said than done, but that is half the fun; trying out new things. Once you have found your passion – whether it is puzzle building, a dance class or even gardening – make it yours and use it as a way to escape the craziness around you.

Exercise

Exercising is not only about building muscle, but about building a stronger body better equipped to cope with stress – the healthier you are, the better your body can withstand the stress in your life. Exercise also increases the endorphins (the brain’s feel-good hormones in your body and gives you the opportunity to feel good about yourself and what is happening in your life.

Let go

Accept that you can’t control everything.  Everyone feels the need to control certain situations, and when these situations don’t turn out as planned this can cause undue stress. Sometimes it is totally out of your hands, and when you accept this your stress levels will decrease.

Plan

To avoid any unneeded stress it is important to plan ahead. By putting the work in beforehand, you should be able to manage your stress levels more effectively.

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