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Reduce stress for a healthier life

With an increasingly busy life, a person’s physical and emotional resources may become depleted. Some stress can provide motivation to be productive, but too much stress can be detrimental to health.

To make life less stressful and more enjoyable, the UGA Cooperative Extension offers the following tips to reduce stress level:
• Take care of yourself. This is one of the cornerstones of stress management, and it’s especially important. Stress can spill over to other family members, so it’s a kindness to everyone when you take good care of yourself.
• Focus on eating healthier foods, such as vegetables, fruits and lean meats. Ask yourself if you are truly hungry or if you are just eating because food is readily available.
• Increase your physical activity by walking after meals and taking the stairs rather than elevators.
• Take time for yourself, even if it’s only a few minutes while you are lying in bed in the morning. Time management is also key when it comes to reducing stress.
• Be in the moment. Remember, many stressful situations have the potential for better memories and great stories in the future.

To learn more, see UGA Extension Circular 1042, “Time Management: 10 Strategies for Better Time Management.”

Source: UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences