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This can be as simple as going for a walk; it will release natural feel-good endorphins in your brain.
2. Reduce smoking and alcohol
Though they may seem to relax you, try and cut right back as they actually make problems worse.
3. Eat well
Food affects mood so make sure you eat a healthy diet, including fruit and vegetables, and drink enough water.
4. Prioritise sleep
Good quality rest is important. To help, cut down on caffeine and screen time.
5. Practise mindfulness
Try it out. As soon as you wake up, sit up in bed, close your eyes and focus on your breathing for a few minutes. Notice how you feel afterwards.
6. Chill out
Carve out time to do the things that you enjoy and make you feel relaxed. This could be a warm bath, reading, or doing something creative.
7. Be your own cheerleader
Set realistic goals and reward your achievements however big or small.
Know when to say no to things, and be aware of your own boundaries so you don’t take on too much.
9. Take a break
Whether that’s for half an hour or a holiday – a change of scenery can help you relax and gain perspective.
10. Set up a support network
Friends and family can help, or you could join a club, take up a course or volunteer to build meaningful connections.
If you’re worried about the effects of stress, don’t be afraid to ask for help, either from someone you trust, or make an appointment to see your GP.
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