7 Fun Activities to Help You Manage Stress

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Stress is something we encounter, sometimes on a daily basis. The key is how we manage it. So, in an effort to help you stress less and live well, here are some helpful tips to follow:

Write It Down and Find an Appropriate Solution
Instead of putting something off or deciding to think about it later, if you find yourself faced with a stressful problem, simply write it down. Getting what's worrying you down on paper can help put it into perspective. Feel free to discuss it with a family member or friend who can help you come up with a solution.

Find Time to Read
Set aside time for yourself and read a book, story, poem or quote that inspires you. Make this into a daily or weekly habit, and give yourself something to look forward to.

Self-Reflect with Meditation
Meditation is not just for people who take yoga class, and it's a healthy habit for everyone. Meditation gives you time to self-reflect and clear your mind. Find a quiet space, and simply start with deep breathing. As your body starts to calm think about happy memories and things that you are thankful for. If you have trouble doing this on your own, look for classes at a local yoga studio or recreation center.

Spend Some Quality Time with Your Pet

If you have a dog, cat or other furry friend, set aside time each day just for play time! Take a walk, play fetch, or just simply relax and watch a TV show together. Your pet can offer you comfort and having a pet can improve your mental health.

Window Shop
Visit an indoor or outdoor shopping center near you and change up your daily routine. Browsing through a bookstore, or visiting your favorite shop can be the perfect way for you to relax. Make plans to meet up with friends of family members for a relaxing day (or night) out.

Take Care of Yourself
Put your health first, and make sure you are following healthy habits. Following an exercise routine can help your body deal with stress more effectively, and even acts as a stress reliever. Getting enough sleep each night revives your body and your mind, both of which are important for dealing with stress.

Have Fun!
Do activities that put a smile on your face and make you laugh. Spend quality time with your husband, wife, friends and family, see a funny movie, visit a new restaurant, or take a dance class � anything that gets you excited!

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