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It is very important to take positive action when
faced with stress as, if experienced over a prolonged
period of time, it can seriously damage mental and
physical health.
The following proven coping strategies can really
start to help reduce the effects of any stress in your
life.
Be self-aware of your own warning signs
maybe this could be a sudden feeling of anxiety,
extreme tiredness or feeling very tearful.
Review what is really causing your stress. Think
about what action you could take to change
things. Examine whether your expectations of
yourself, and others, are realistic?
At times of stress, we often fall into the trap of
either not eating sufficiently or over-eating, or
even smoking.
Try always to eat a balanced diet.
Eat complex carbohydrates such as wholemeal
bread and pasta, rather than biscuits or chocolate!
Remember, what you eat influences mood.
Eat plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables and
keep sugar and salt intake to a minimum. This will
help to support your immune system in its fight
against colds and flu.
Drink plenty of water, it helps general health
as it rehydrates your body.
Try and keep coffee and all caffeine
consumption to a minimum and avoid using
nicotine or any other self-prescribed drugs.
Do not feel guilty about including a period of
relaxation every day. We all need to `switch off'
from time-to-time. Do something you enjoy
that complements your life-style. This could,
for example, be reading, listening to music,
yoga or meditation, enjoying a warm bath with
aromatherapy oils added. Remember - to be
comfortable both inside and out, is a vital part
of living successfully!
Make sure also that regular exercise is part of
your everyday life and which is suitable for you.
Make sure you choose an exercise that you like
or you wont stick to it! If you have any doubts as
to the correct intensity or duration then always
check with your doctor before starting a new
regime.
Do you often find yourself saying "Yes!" when
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