How can I manage stress?

Stress is a part of life. It is a normal reaction to emotional, intellectual or physical activities. It can be positive if it keeps us alert, motivated, and ready to avoid danger. However, it can also be negative if it becomes extreme as it can increase the chances of depression and other problems.

Here are some tips to help you manage stress:

  • Keep a positive attitude.
  • Accept that there are events that you can’t control.
  • Share your feelings, opinions, or beliefs instead of becoming angry or quiet.
  • Learn and practice relaxation techniques. Try deep breathing or listening to relaxing music.
  • Exercise regularly. Your body can fight stress better when it’s fit.
  • Eat a healthy range of foods.
  • Learn to manage your time effectively. Keeping a calendar of important dates to stay organized can help.
  • Make time for leisure, hobbies and interests.
  • Get enough rest and sleep. Your body needs time to recover from stressful events.
  • Don’t rely on alcohol, drugs, or food to reduce stress. Try not to drink too much coffee either.
  • Find social and emotional support. Spend enough time with friends and family who understand what you are going through.

You can call Child Helpline Cambodia anytime for free on 1280 if you would like to receive emotional support or further information on this subject.

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