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Here's How to Reduce Your Stress

By Virginia Laird

It may be hard to imagine a life with little to no stress. The reality is, there is no such thing. Everyone struggles with stress from time to time, at a variety of levels. Rather than expecting life to never hand out lemons, health and wellness experts suggest that it is how you deal with stress that can determine the outcome and experience. Before you let stress get the best of you, check out this list of tips offered by professionals to help you reduce your stress. They include:

  • Spend time on a hobby
  • Stretch daily
  • Take a day off

Spend Time on a Hobby

Hobbies are a great way to let go of the hustle and bustle or work and lose yourself in something more pleasant, exciting and relaxing. Health and wellness experts advise that finding a hobby that allows you to let go of stress can be key in preventing stress-induced illnesses. Research suggests that too much stress can cause multiple health issues. The next time you get overwhelmed by work, make time in your day to spend working on your favorite hobby.

Stretch Daily

Research suggests when stress begins to inch its way into your life, not only does it clutter your mind, it can cause tension throughout the body. This can lead to headaches, back pain, and much more. Health and wellness experts suggest stretching can help relieve this tension. Stretches as simple as reaching for the toes, neck rolls, and stretching the back are best. Some health professionals suggest that stretching not only helps decrease stress, but (when done before bed) it can help improve your sleep.

Take a Day Off

If stress is getting you down it may be time to take a day away from work. While this may seem to be an impossible dream, it may be necessary for you to regroup and let some of your stress go. Health and wellness professionals advise that getting away from the office periodically can be a great way to rid your life of stress. However, this can only work if you leave work behind. Taking a day off and taking work with you may only make matters worse. Now is the time to pack your bags and plan a day (or two) away with your family.

Keep in mind that in the battle of dealing with stress, there is no avoiding it. Using these tips can allow you to confront your stress, learning to manage and reduce it. This can allow you to focus on more important aspects of life, including family, friends, and health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Dawsonville, Ga.

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