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Exercise, good sleep and mindfulness meditation are just a few ways to relieve stress. But what should you do if you want more instant results?
Here are 4 techniques to stamp out stress - fast.
When life feels stressful, it’s easy to focus on what’s going wrong, but concentrating on the positive things may help you to feel better. Make a list of everything that's gone well for you so far this week.
Working too much can prevent you from relaxing and finding time to exercise - things that add to stress. If you don't have time for a long break, a few minutes away from your desk can be enough to interrupt your stress-response cycle.
Studies show that chewing gum may help lower stress. It’s not clear why, but the act of chewing may reduce levels of certain stress hormones. People who chew gum may also be less stressed generally. Choose a sugar-free option to help protect your teeth from decay.
Music is a powerful stress reliever. It can lower your heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels. Slow-paced instrumental music is particularly good at triggering this relaxation response.
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It is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome. -- William James
There are many ways you can try to stay on top of your mental health right now,
including taking care of yourself, getting creative, continuing as normal and knowing what you can take control of, as explained in this video by the BBC.