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Here’s How to Destress

March 23, 2017

In today’s crazy world, stress levels can go through the roof. 24×7 internet and mobiles, no time for ourselves, ever shortening deadlines, mob rule via Twitter, Facebook mania, bingeing on media, TV, food, not enough time for sleeping, thinking, learning, improving – and it just keeps coming. Unless you take control of your own happiness and do something about it.

I believe in Making Happy Choices and in dealing to stress (and pressure) through positive actions (and mental toughness). There’s lots of work out there on dealing to stress but every programme depends on one thing – You. And your focus, commitment and discipline. GQ ran an article featuring two approaches from a GP and an author that will work – as long as you commit to them and act on them.

From Dr Nick Knight, a GP and PhD in performance physiology and nutrition:

  • Visualisation
  • Breathing meditation
  • Talk to yourself
  • Progressive muscle relaxation
  • Keep a diary
  • Reset achievable goals
  • Take a time out

And from Carl Vernon, author of The Less Stress Lifestyle

  • Take action
  • Avoid toxic people
  • Focus on what you want
  • Be grateful
  • Be true to yourself



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