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8 Tips to Manage Your Stress

8 Tips to Manage Your Stress

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1. Get enough sleep

Try to get about 8 hours of sleep every night. With enough sleep, you will be able to concentrate better and be more productive in the day, allowing you to cope more effectively with stressful situations.

2. Plan your time well

Being more organized and planning in advance gives you an overview of the things you need to do and helps you identify the tasks you need to complete to achieve

3. Be realistic about what you can do

Set realistic and achievable goals for yourself so that you do not become frustrated or discouraged. Goal-setting is also a good way to get yourself started on organising and planning your time!

4. Think positive

Viewing a stressful situation positively helps you see it in a different way. Instead of an obstacle, see the situation as an opportunity to challenge yourself!

5. Make some time for yourself

Set aside some time for yourself regularly. Spend the time doing activities that you really enjoy, be it indoor pastimes like reading, or outdoor activities like cycling.

6. Spend time with your family and friends

Take the initiative to organise a family outing or a gathering with friends every once in a while. Spending time with people you enjoy being with helps take your mind away from stress. Having good relationships also mean that you have support in times of distress!

7. Stay physically healthy

Not only does regular physical activity keep you physically fit, it also helps to de-stress and improves your mood. You could begin by taking the stairs instead of the lift or walking to places nearby instead of taking the bus.

8. Learn some relaxation techniques

Controlled breathing exercises, mental relaxation exercises like visual imagery and meditation, and muscle relaxation techniques are helpful in relieving stress.

Source: Health Promotion Board, Singapore

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