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Reduce Stress During Mental Health Month with These 4 Tips

May 5 • 2016

Everyone experiences stress at one time or another, whether it’s from your personal life, work, finances, or anything else. However, many people don’t realize the impact that stress can have on the body. It can contribute to things like headaches, trouble sleeping, depression, heart burn, increased risk of heart attack, stomach aches, erectile dysfunction, and more. To celebrate Mental Health Month, consider implementing some of these tips to reduce stress and the impact on your health.

Get Active
Exercising is a great way to improve your mood and reduce the feeling of stress. Even for people with a busy schedule, 30 minutes a day can significantly improve health and keep you feeling positive. The endorphins your body releases during physical activity can lessen feelings of tension or anger and instead promote happiness and relief, as well as a boost of energy. Take a walk, go for a jog, bike around your neighborhood, or participate in any other activity you enjoy and you’ll reap the benefits.

Develop a Balance
Finding the right work-life balance can be an important way to improve your mental health. First, identify whether the main cause of your tension comes from your personal life or the work environment. If you’re always at the office and don’t get time for yourself or the ability to enjoy a social outing with friends and family, consider how you can better manage your time or delegate projects so you aren’t overloaded at your job. When you leave work for the day, don’t allow it to interfere with your personal life whenever possible.

Address it Head On
For many people, avoiding stress seems easier than dealing with it. While this might be a temporary solution, putting your stressors on the back burner can lead to a variety of health issues. Instead, find out what’s causing the stress and what you can do to change it. This might be difficult or intimidating at first, but the results will be beneficial in the long-run. If you’re having trouble determining the issue, don’t hesitate to reach out for help from loved ones or even a doctor.

Stay Positive
Your attitude can dictate how much you allow your worries or emotions to impact your life. By staying optimistic, you can better determine how to manage stressful situations. Avoid emotional outbursts and remember that how you respond to stressors is completely up to you. Determine what kind of positive strategies work best for you and employ those whenever you find yourself feeling overwhelmed.

What tricks do you know to successfully cope with stress? Share your mental health tips with us in the comments.

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