October 30, 2008

5 ways to de-stress your life

off Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland

As we approach the end of the year, I'm noticing more and more people looking a little... let's say frazzled, shall we?!

So I decided to give you some ideas to de-stress, mostly frugal!

1. Exercise
You can do anything from walking or running, to working out at the gym. From personal experience, I can tell you that a boxing class is a great stress reliever!

2. Get enough sleep
Research shows that most people need between 7 and 8 hours' sleep every night.

3. Learn to say "no"
Many people are stressed because of built-up resentment due to their inability or unwillingness to say NO.

4. Practise self-care
This is anything from taking a bubble bath to getting a manicure or massage. The main thing is to do something for yourself at least on a weekly basis.

5. Use your support system regularly.
When you feel overwhelmed or frazzled, call a friend or family member, either just to talk or to come help you!

Now, put one or all of these ideas into practice for better mental health and increased productivity!

What is your favourite stress-buster?

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