November 9, 2017
The year is coming to an end, and stress levels could skyrocket during this time. Here are some ways on how to manage and cope with stress.
Cut Down on Coffee and Smoking
Coffee and Nicotine are powerful stimulants that can cause high levels of anxiety. If it is a must for you to get through the day try and drink less. Do not become dependent on smoking as a stress relief method as it is a cause for various diseases such as heart disease and lung cancer.
Meditation has numerous health benefits and is a great way to start or end your day. Here is a guide on how to meditate for beginners.
- Sit or lie comfortably.
- Close your eyes.
- Make no effort to control the breath; breathe naturally.
- Focus your attention on the breath and on how the body moves with each inhalation and exhalation. Notice the movement of your body as you breathe. Observe your chest, shoulders, rib cage, and belly. Focus your attention on your breath without controlling its pace or intensity. If your mind wanders, return your focus back to your breath.
- Maintain this meditation practice for two to three minutes to start, and then try it for longer periods.
Take a short walk
Exercising is a great way to combat stress and will help you get in better shape. Try to give yourself a break during the day to take a 20-30 minute walk. This will help you wind down and reflect on your daily life.