09 June 2011

Stress: the toll for living life in the fast lane

Stress-related conditions are on the rise. Learn how to take stress more seriously.


Our fast-paced, modern lifestyles offer many advantages, but the escalating demands of work and home also appear to be taking their toll. A wide range of stress-related conditions, from anxiety and insomnia to obesity, depression and mood disorders, are on the rise.

  • Listen to your body and be kind to yourself
  • Learn to say “no” to prevent overload
  • Eat a balanced diet
  • Exercise regularly
  • Volunteer at a local charity
  • Take natural, mood stabilising supplements
  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Drink less coffee, tea and alcohol
  • Practice breathing techniques
  • Turn to family and friends for support
  • Soothe your soul with calming, uplifting music
  • Snack healthily (e.g. fruit, not chips)
  • Seek out positive people and situations
  • Drink eight glasses of water a day
  • Schedule personal fun time into every day
  • Meditate
  • Don’t worry about the “what ifs”
  • Quit smoking
  • Strip out any ‘to do’ list task that isn’t absolutely necessary
  • Go for a quick stroll
  • Take up a new hobby or sport


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