Top Ways To Reduce Stress From Your Life

According to the Federal Occupational Health (FOH) agency, long-term stress can lead to a wide range of illnesses – from headaches to stomach concerns and depression – and can even increase the risk of serious conditions such as stroke and heart disease. Stress also causes other hormones to activate that can suppress functions such as digestion and the immune system, leaving people more susceptible to illness.

The Anxiety and Depression Association of America offers these tips for dealing with and reducing stress:

Take a time-out. Practice yoga, meditate, get a massage or learn relaxation techniques.

Eat well-balanced meals. Do not skip any meals. Keep healthful, energy-boosting snacks on hand.

Limit alcohol and caffeine, which can aggravate anxiety and trigger panic attacks.

Do your best. Instead of aiming for perfection, be proud of however close you get.

Welcome humor. A good laugh goes a long way.

Get involved. Volunteer or find another way to be active in your community, which creates a support network and gives you a break from everyday stress.

Learn what triggers your anxiety. Is it work, family, school or something else you can identify? Write in a journal when you’re feeling stressed or anxious and look for a pattern.

Talk to someone. Tell friends and family you’re feeling overwhelmed and let them know how they can help you, or talk to a physician or therapist for professional help.