Take some time out for your mental health and relax by doing things you enjoy, such as going to the beach.

What Is Stress? Is Stress Avoidable?

Love or hate it, we can't avoid it. And stress isn't all bad — at its best, stress pushes us to achieve goals and keeps us energised.

How to Manage Stress

Does stress automatically trigger your fight or flight response? It is possible to learn to manage stress, both good and bad, in your daily life.

It's all in the mind — that is, reframing your mindset and learning to see and enjoy the positive side of life. There are also many things you can do to help you cope with stress in a healthy productive way.

Strong emotional support can help you cope with stress in your daily life.

Stress Management Techniques

Love trying out new things? Add some novelty to your daily routine by picking up new skills or exploring new places. Perhaps you can pick up a brush and learn painting or calligraphy?

You may also enjoy exploring new places such as the Eco-link at BKE or the National Gallery. Or simply take a different route to and from work and see what you discover. All this physical activity is great for both your physical health as well as your mental health.

Write your thoughts and feelings in a journal to give you a sense of control over the stress in your life.

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Another way to deal with the stress in your life is to take time for yourself to think and reflect. Go through your thoughts and your feelings. Think about events you're looking forward to, for example, a gathering with your friends. Or reminisce about happy memories you've made with loved ones.

If alone time isn't your cup of tea, spend quality time with your friends and family: catch up with pals over dinner, or treat your family to a good meal.

Laughter is a great form of stress relief.

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Another way to bust those blues and reduce stress is to laugh — watch the latest comedy at the cinema or catch your favourite stand-up comedian.

And before you go to bed each night, think of the little things you're grateful for, and write them down in a journal.

Maybe you're thankful for your supportive friends and family who are always there for you physically and emotionally, or the yummy dinner you had. Maybe you simply appreciate having a comfy bed. Expressing gratitude will help you see the positive side of life.

Remember to take a step back, take a few deep breaths, and enjoy the little things in life — you'll see that stress, when managed well, can help you get more out of life.

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