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    Six Ways to Destress after Stressful Routines

    In a well-being study conducted by Hollard Cigna Health, stress incidences were found to be very high in Africa at 91 percent, in comparison with a global average of 83 percent, and Middle East levels at 87 percent.

    Most times as humans, we get that feeling of being overwhelmed with life happenings and we get so carried away that we forget to destress.

    Being a human being means you are going to be stressed; your body will respond physically and mentally when you experience changes or stressors.

    What do you do when you are stressed? How do you manage it since it is an inevitable part of human existence?

    Tips like keeping a positive attitude; accepting that there are events that you cannot control; learning to manage your time effectively; making time for your hobbies and interests; learning to say no to requests that will add to your stressors and generally maintaining a positive outlook to life will go a long way in helping you destress.

    Asides from tips like these, some lifestyle changes are also advisable.

    1. Reduce alcohol intake

    Limit your alcohol or drug intake because these can add to your body’s stress.

    2. Exercise

    Get involved in physical activity, as this is a huge form of stress relief.

    According to Mayo Clinic, exercises can increase one’s overall health and well-being; physical activity may help bump up the production of your brain’s feel-good neurotransmitters called endorphins.

    It reduces the negative effects of stress, helps you shed tension through movement and improves your mood generally.

    3. Eat Healthy

    Another way to manage your stress is by eating a healthy diet generally, eat more fruits and veggies while avoiding junk foods.

    4. Spend time with loved ones

    Do not underestimate the power of social support; try to spend time with people you love.

    5. Sleep

    Find time to meditate, laugh more, and more importantly, get enough sleep.

    According to Web MD, most adults need seven to nine hours, although some people may need as few as six hours or as many as ten hours of sleep each day.

    6. Listen to music

    For music lovers, listening to music can be a very good de-stressor, as it helps to provide a mental distraction and decrease stress hormones.

    Not a music lover? Then channel your energy to any of your hobbies, something that requires you to focus on what you are doing rather than what you ought to be doing.

    Lastly, remember to seek treatment with a psychologist or a trained professional to get more healthy ways to deal with stress.

    Photo source: Verywellmind

    Chinomso Momoh
    Chinomso Momohhttp://www.impacthouse.org.ng
    Chinomso Thelma Momoh is a Journalist with eight (8) years of experience in media and communications. She possesses a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English and Literary Studies from the University of Nigeria Nsukka and a Post Graduate Diploma in Journalism from the International Institute of Journalism, Abuja. Her skills include News anchoring, News writing/reporting, content producing, media training, and copy editing. Her hobbies include going to the movies, listening to music and visiting new places.

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