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Your Health & Fitness | Stress


1. TIME TO GET MOVING Exercise won’t eliminate your stress entirely, but it will help reduce the emotional intensity you are feeling and help to clear your thoughts. The extra blood circulation that results from exercise also releases feel-good endorphins which help improve your mood almost instantaneously.


2. Take Control


DR CHRIS’S Top 10 Stress Busters


3. PEOPLE POWER


As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking your problems through with a friend or family member can help you see them in a diff erent way, and even help you fi nd new solutions. Fun activities with friends can also off er a few laughs and help you relax.


4. ‘Me’ Time


According to the NHS, the UK’s workforce work the longest hours in Europe. If you suff er from work- related stress, set aside some quality time for yourself at least two nights a week, and don’t be tempted to work overtime!


Passive thinking often makes stress worse, and the feeling of loss of control is a common cause of stress. The act of taking control is empowering in itself, as is fi nding on a stress solution that works for you.


If self-help techniques


like exercise, healthy diet and time with friends are not helping you to manage stress, go to see your GP. They


may recommend alternative options such as counseling or cognitive behavioural therapy.


5. New Goals


Setting yourself new goals and challenges, like learning a new language or taking part in a new sport, will help build the confi dence you need to fi ght stress. By learning something new you are making a proactive step towards taking control of your life.


6. Banish Unhealthy Habits


8. HELP OTHERS Research shows that people who help others through volunteering or community work become more resilient to the symptoms of stress. If voluntary work doesn’t fi t into your schedule, simply try and do someone a favour each day—no matter how small, the good deed will boost your mood.


7. Perspective


At the end of each day, write down three things that went well or that you are grateful for. Your ability to see the see the glass as half full will enable you to shift your perspective in life.


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Setting yourself new goals and challenges, like learning a new language or taking part in a new sport, will help build the confi dence you need to fi ght stress. By learning something new you are making a proactive step towards taking control of your life.


Do not become dependant on unhealthy coping mechanisms like alcohol, smoking and caff eine. Avoidance behaviour will not solve your problems in the longterm, and will only delay your eff orts to solve the true causes of your stress.


10. Acceptance


It can be very diffi cult coping with stressful situations that are hard for you to infl uence for the better. If you do have a stressful situation, try to be philosophical and cope by recognising that stressful situations don’t last forever. You will handle the situation more eff ectively by thinking positively and realising that change continually happens and specifi c stressful situations do come to an end. 


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