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5 easy ways to reduce stress

You may think that stress only affects you, but it can affect your whole family. Plus, it can lead to health issues, strained relationships and more. Here are 5 tips to help you reduce stress. If you like them, share them with your family and friends. 


lean on a partner or friend

Sometimes, stress can cause you to take things out on your partner or friends. But remember, they’re there to lean on when you need them. It can be tough to ask others for help, but sometimes that’s the healthiest thing you can do for yourself. It’s a sign of strength, not weakness.


focus on good news

You don’t want to live in a bubble, and it’s important to know what’s going on in the world. Sometimes, however, you can find yourself going down a “bad news” tunnel, which can turn into anxiety, and yes, more stress. Try to limit your negative news consumption. It’s an easy way to reduce stress in your life.


get plenty of sleep

Life happens, and sometimes it’s not easy to get those eight hours. Try and make it a priority, if you can. Forming a routine can help. Take time to relax and unwind before you lay down. Breathing exercises, soothing scents, a warm bath and putting electronics down are simple ways to get into a more peaceful mindset, hopefully leading to more quality sleep.


stay active

This seems like an easy one, but there isn’t always time to stay active. However, exercise is a proven way to reduce stress. Even something as small as a brisk walk is beneficial to your mental health. Try to take time daily to keep moving. Your body (and mind) will thank you.


make time for yourself

It’s easy to get caught up in everyone else’s day to day, but don’t forget about yourself. Take time away from your kids, if you’re able. Try and eliminate distractions. Take the time you set aside to work out, read, volunteer… whatever it is on your mental checklist that you wish you had more time to do. It’s important to put yourself first sometimes.

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