Stress Down – Do It For You!

Well, we are almost at the end of the year. You’ve worked hard all year long, and you may even feel like you’ve been running non-stop in the past few weeks. Now the kids are at home and start relaxing after a whole year. And let’s not even talk about the weather.

We live such a busy life and it is very easy to ignore the warning signs that stress is beginning to affect our lives. Unfortunately, excessive pressure, if left untreated, can have an impact on our health and lead to health problems like high blood pressure.

The message here is clear. It is important to monitor stress levels. You may be aware of some early signs that stress is increasing to an unhelpful level. They include:

  • Difficulty sleeping (insomnia);
  • More headache than usual.
  • Drink a lot of alcohol.
  • Spending a lot;
  • Feeling irritable.
  • Exessive sensitivity;
  • In general the feeling of “blah”;
  • Difficulty concentrating;

Whenever we start to feel that things are getting out of control, it may be time to stop and consider some of the following suggestions that may help lift your spirits and give you an opportunity to control some symptoms of stress.

  • Breathe and take a moment to calm down.
  • Communicate with friends and/or family;
  • Take regular exercise;
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Get enough sleep;
  • Meditates;
  • Do something you like to do (listen to music, dance, paint, etc.) at least for a short period each day;
  • Talk to someone you trust

We hope most people will have a few rest days during the holiday season to refresh and unwind. However, if you have taken steps to manage your stress and symptoms persist, please see your doctor and/or consider seeking help from a professional therapist or counselor.

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