Improving and enhancing wellness
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The National Mental Health Association offers the following tips for reducing or controlling stress:
Don't take on everything; learn to say no. Set realistic goals for yourself. If you are feeling overwhelmed, try eliminating an activity that is not absolutely necessary. Ask yourself, "What really needs to be done? Is the deadline realistic?" No one is perfect, so do not expect perfection from yourself or others. And ask for help if you need it.
Take a moment to picture how you can manage a stressful situation more calmly and successfully. This can work with just about anything, whether it is an important presentation at work or moving to a new place or taking an exam. A visual rehearsal can boost self-confidence and help you have a more positive attitude toward a difficult task.
When you start to feel overwhelmed, try taking one task at a time. Make a list of things you need to do. Put the most urgent task at the top. Once you have accomplished it, cross it off and move on to the next one. The positive feeling of crossing things off can help keep you motivated.
Regular exercise is a great way to reduce stress, and it benefits the body as well as the mind. Just 20-30 minutes of physical activity a day can do the trick.
Eating healthfully will make a difference. Avoiding things like smoking, excessive alcohol, and caffeine will help as well. Make sure you get adequate rest and exercise, and that you balance work and play.
Talking about things can help you feel better. A conversation with someone can help you relax. And listening to someone else can take the focus off of yourself - something we all need to do every now and then. Stay in touch with your family and friends; don't try to cope alone.
You don't always have to be right. Be flexible. Be willing to compromise. If you do, others may meet you halfway. If you know you are right, stand your ground, but be calm and rational. Make sure you listen and make allowances for other's opinions.
When you expect too much from yourself or others, you may end up feeling frustrated, let down, and disappointed. Remember that each person, including yourself, has shortcomings. But you also have beautiful qualities to share with the world.
- people with sitting jobs have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs?
- after only 2 hours of sitting your good cholesterol drops 20%
- those who sit 3 hours or more per day watching TV are 64% likely to die from heart disease
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