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As adults, it’s fair to say that stress is pretty unavoidable.  Between daily tasks like work, school, family, running a household, finances, and maintaining a social life, you may feel that your stress level is only increasing as time goes on;  and with the holidays right around the corner, you can probably add a few extra stressors onto your list. Though this is quite the common problem, reducing your stress level is possible, and can be quite easy with a few different tips and small, but beneficial, life adjustments.  If you feel you’re experiencing an overabundance of stress in your life, consider some of these tips to help learn how to manage, and ultimately reduce it.

Live in the Now

One of the easiest ways one can increase their stress level is over analyzing things in the past, that may not be in your control.  Nights when you’re lying awake worrying about what you need to get done at work, or the bills that need to be paid, are sure ways to drastically increase your stress level (and probably contribute to a serious lack of sleep).  Know that over thinking is preventing you from living in the present, and focusing on the things you can control at that moment. Take a step back and focus on your tasks at hand. When you need to address your stressors, do so in an organized way, so you’re not overwhelming yourself.

Don’t be Afraid to Reach Out

Your mental health is important, and you should always remember that you’re likely not the only one facing difficulties.  With that, never be afraid to reach out. Close friends and family generally understand you best, and can likely provide you with sound advice if you’re facing a tough or stressful time.  Take this opportunity to talk to someone, and share with them what you’re feeling or going through. If you feel more comfortable talking to a neutral party, a mental health professional is a great advocate who can listen, and provide you with the necessary tools to combat stressful situations head on.

Listen to Your Body

Stress can not only impact you mentally, but physically as well.  Many individuals with a high stress level can experience physical symptoms that can affect how their bodies function.  From severe headaches and chest pains, to high blood pressure and an overall weakened immune system; your body can likely tell you when it’s experiencing too much stress.  Don’t ignore the signs, and increase the potential for serious illnesses to develop.

Exercise or Meditate

A great combat to stress is exercise and meditation.  Mentally, you may feel like your head is spinning; use this as an opportunity to get some stress relieving physical activity in.  Exercise is proven to help release endorphins and decrease stress hormones in your body. Additionally, it can mentally give you something else to focus on.  Consider adopting a regular exercise routine that serves as an outlet. You can also try meditative activities such as yoga or pilates.