Four Ways To Manage Your Stress Levels

By Carmarlena Murdaca

Four Ways To Manage Your Stress Levels

Go from OMG to om with these simple strategies. 

THINKING

Try to change your thinking to reinterpret the chronic problem at hand in a more positive, optimistic or accepting way. If you find this challenging to do, see a counsellor who can help you see things from a different perspective.

UPSKILL

Developing positive coping skills for stress such as relaxation techniques, breathing exercises, yoga and meditation. Brief guided meditations are a good place to start for those who have trouble “stilling” their minds.

EXERCISE

Regular exercise can also be an effective stress-management approach, as it stimulates the release of feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain, called endorphins. However, avoid long, drawn-out workouts as over-exertion can actually raise your cortisol (or stress) levels.

HELP

“Try not to take on too much at any one time and avoid unrealistic demands,” says Sue Peacock. This can lead to burnout and make you feel helpless. If high levels of stress continue for a long period of time, or are interfering with your ability to enjoy a healthy life, it is worth seeking professional help.

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