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Stress is part of life. While a little stress is good — it keeps us focused and motivated — too much of it can grind our lives to a complete halt. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed-out, you may become paralysed and unable to do much of anything.

These tips may help you effectively manage your stress:

  1. Exercise regularly or take up yoga.
  2. Try progressive muscle relaxation or “deep muscle” relaxation. Progressively tense and relax each muscle group in your body. Learn the difference between muscle tension and relaxation.
  3. Meditate. Use visualisation or guided imagery to help you learn to be one with your thoughts. Sit quietly with your eyes closed; imagining the sights, sounds and smells of your favourite place, such as a beach or mountain retreat.
  4. Make time for yourself to relax with music, art or other hobbies
  5. Talk to your family and friends. As women, sometimes we just need to share – not necessarily get answers. Just talking can help.

Obviously consult a professional if your stress becomes too overwhelming.

Remember – we don’t have control over what happens to us; however, we do have control over how we react to what happens to us!

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