Stress Less: 10 Tips For Women To De-stress Their Lives
Stress is a silent killer. It’s been linked to a host of health problems like heart disease, obesity, anxiety, and depression. And yet, we often don’t do anything to manage our stress levels. We just keep going until we burn out. Does this sound familiar? Sadly, if you’re like me, it’s the hamster wheel of life.
A report released by the American Psychological Association found that stress levels in the United States have been rising in recent years, especially among women. The report also found that while women are more likely to report high levels of stress, they are also more likely to say they are managing their stress well. This is likely due to the fact that women are more likely to seek out healthy coping mechanisms, such as exercise, journaling, and talking to friends.
The problem with women and stress is, we live in a society that values productivity and achievement above all else. We’re told that we can have it all – but the reality is that trying to do too much is a recipe for disaster. It’s no secret that women, especially, are under a lot of pressure these days. We’re expected to be perfect wives, mothers, employees, and more. And while we may not be able to change the world overnight, there are things we can do to destress our lives and make them more manageable.
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Here are 10 tips for women to destress their lives:
1. Make time for yourself every day
2. exercise regularly
3. eat healthy foods
4. get enough sleep
5. take breaks during the day
6. find a hobby or activity that relaxes you
7. spend time with positive people
8. avoid negative news and media
9. relax your standards
10. accept that you can’t do everything
There are a lot of things in life that can cause stress, and so much of it is out of our control. There are also a lot of things that can help reduce it as mentioned above. One of the best things you can do to keep your life stress-free is to be aware of the things that trigger your stress and to avoid them whenever possible, or alternatively, come up with better systems and habits to manage those surprises life throws at you. A lot of times, stressful periods can teach us better ways of living. If you can stop and see where your weaknesses are in coping, we can make changes to handle those deficit areas better.
What are your tried and true methods of managing stress?