How to reduce stress at work

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Get enough sleep: Poor sleep can affect your mood, judgement and memory. This can harm your ability to cope with stress.


Look at the bright side: Each day, write down something you are thankful for. Take note of things that make you smile.


Get moving: Exercise is a well-known way to reduce stress and improve mood. Walking just 20 minutes a day can make a difference.


Try meditation: Meditating, praying or whatever helps you block out the stress of the day can help you relax. Finding time for peace can reduce overall stress levels.


Find ways to laugh: Laughter can help your muscles relax, which can be soothing after a stressful day.


Take a deep breath: Deep breathing activates a state of relaxation. Focus on deep breaths in and out for a few minutes each day.


Stretch it out: Stretching can be relaxing and can help the body get ready for sleep. Stretch each night before bed to help you get good rest.


Talk to others: Emotional support from friends and family is helpful during times of stress. Make plans to talk with people and have fun with loved ones during your free time.


Sources: American Institute of Stress, Anxiety and Depression Association of America, American Psychological Association

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