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  • Gina Metroff, MC, LPC, LISAC, MAC

Steps to Less Stress

When we feel overwhelmed or unsure how to meet the demands placed on us, we experience stress. In small doses, stress can be a good thing, giving us the push we need to do our best and stay focused and alert. But when life's demands exceed the ability to cope, stress can become a threat to our physical and emotional well-being. Over time, stress can lead to mental health and psychical health problems. Below are some ways to reduce stress and enjoy a more relaxing life.

Step 1. Establish your priorities and set boundaries.

Take charge of your schedule. Let go and rely on members of your household to share responsibilities so that it is not only up to you to tackle household chores.

Although technology makes it possible to have 24/7 access to work, try to set clear boundaries between work and home.

Step 2. Develop an action plan.

Identify what is not working and then create a pro-active plan of continued improvement.

Some things in your plan may be nonnegotiable to live a healthy life and manage stress. Those non-negotiable things might include:

  • 30 minutes of daily physical activity.

  • Eating well, which includes three nutritious meals each day.

  • 7-8 hours of sleep each night.

  • Drink caffeinated and alcoholic beverages in moderation.

Step 3. Relax.

Learning and incorporating relaxation techniques as a part of your regular schedule will be a long-standing benefit in your life and will assist in creating a strong core that can maximize sustained success.

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