If you don't learn to handle stress in a positive way, you increase your chances of suffering from all manner of health problems - anything from heart disease, and obesity to anxiety, depression and infection. Not to mention the fact that you probably aren't much fun to be around!!
Nothing beats working up a sweat for helping beat stress! And keeping yourself fit and healthy helps your body counteract the effects of stress.
2. Dwell on the Positives
Take the time to remind yourself of the good stuff you have going on in your life - and remember to include your own skills and positive qualities. Don't let negative self-talk take over. Make a point of not saying anything to yourself that you wouldn't say to your kids (or your mother, or dog . . . )
3. Be More Assertive
Learn to say 'No'. Set boundries and stick to them. Deal with issues before they become problems. In other words, take control of your life.
4. Express Yourself
Talk about how you feel with a trusted confident or counsellor. Be upfront with people who are adding to your stress (in a polite, respectful way of course!). You don't have to pretend everything is ok!
Nurture your sense of humour - especially in times of stress. Laughter reduces levels of certain stress hormones, can help boost your immune system and its a pretty good aerobic workout. So go on, have a good giggle!!