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Tips to manage stress

In this pandemic`s time we are all living, stress can be really part of our lives. We all have stress sometimes in our life, at work, at home, and on the road. Sometimes we can feel especially stressed because of a bad interaction with someone, too much work, or everyday hassles like getting stuck in traffic.

No one’s life is completely stress-free. It’s important to know how to manage the stress in your life. Try these techniques for dealing with it.

Try Positive Self-Talk

We all talk to ourselves, sometimes we talk out loud but usually we do it in our heads. Self-talk can be positive: "I can do this" or "everything will be OK" or negative: "I'll never get better" or "I'm so stupid". Negative self-talk increases stress. Positive self-talk can help you calm down and control stress. With practice, you can learn to shift negative thoughts to positive ones.

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Stress-Busting Activities

Doing things you enjoy is a natural way to relieve stress and find your happy place. When stress makes you feel bad, do something that makes you feel good, even if only for 10 or 15 minutes. Here are some activities that may work for you:

  • Make art -- draw, color, paint, or play a musical instrument.
  • Work on a scrapbook or photo album to focus on good memories.
  • Read a book, short story or magazine.
  • Play a favorite sport like golf, tennis, or basketball.
  • Do a hobby like sewing, knitting, or making jewelry. 
  • Play with your kids or pets – outdoors if possible.
  • Go for a run or bike ride to clear your head.
  • Listen to music or watch an inspiring performance.
  • Take a walk in nature.
  • Take a relaxing bath and feel the stress wash away.
  • Meditate or practice yoga.
  • Work in the garden or do a home improvement project.

What about finding an interesting new book? This can really be relaxing.

Set aside 30 minutes to read every day in a quiet place where you won't be interrupted. Here are some tips to help you get started:

  1. The book you choose doesn't have to be on any "best-seller" list. The important thing is that the subject matter has captured your interest and will provide a space for your mind to relax in every day.
  2. Reading only helps reduce your stress if you pick something you enjoy that won't upset you. Reading the news may not be the best choice if it makes you feel angry or helpless.  Pick a novel where you can escape into another world.  Or read about an activity that you enjoy, a hobby, travel, cooking.

The key is to find your groove and make it a practice. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you may start to feel better once you disrupt the cycle of stress.

Do you think this article interesting? What about sharing it with your friends! If you also have ideas to overcome stress, post it in comments section!

See you next time!
 

Date posted: March 25, 2021

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About the Author

Nadia Fornaro, QA Engineer

Nadia Fornaro is from Sao Paulo- Brazil and works as a Quality Assurance Engineer in Metal Toad. She graduated in Computer Science and has an MBA in IT Management. With over twelve years in the software quality field, she has become passionate about guaranteeing that people use trustable and quality software. Nadia's most used test practices are functional verification test, regression test, Integration test, accessibility test, mobile testing and also developed automated test scripts using Java, Ruby and Selenium. Also being a nerd/geek person, she spends most of her free time watching TV series and playing online multiplayer games. 

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