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5 Tips to Managing Daily Stress

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We all suffer from the daily pressures of juggling family, work, social engagements and extracurricular activities. There never seems to be enough time during the day to get everything done that needs to be accomplished. It’s not surprising that many of us suffer from occasional or frequent bouts of stress. Did you know that stress can influence your health?

Stress related illnesses including insomnia, weight gain or loss, digestive issues and depression can be quite devastating, but stress has also been linked to skin problems. When your body experiences stress, a surge of hormones is released in an effort to prepare your body for flight. To help combat the negative effects of anxiety, here are five tips to managing stress in your daily life…

 

1. Follow a Regular Sleep Routine

It may seem like simple advice, but often the simplest advice is the best advice. Following a regular sleep routine can help you decompress, recharge and rejuvenate your body and mind after a particularly stressful day. Try going to bed at the same time every night and aim for 7- to 8-hours of sleep.

Resist the urge to stay up late, watching TV. In fact, avoiding screen time altogether before bed–that includes tablets and smart phones. Studies have proven that reading on a backlit device before bed interrupts the body’s natural process of falling asleep. These devices also impact how sleepy and alert you are the following day.

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