Stress: Love or hate it, we can't avoid it. And stress isn't all bad — at its best, stress pushes us to achieve goals and keeps us energised.
It is possible to learn to accept stress, both good and bad. It's all in the mind — that is, reframing your mindset and learning to see and enjoy the positive side of life.
Love trying out new things? Add some novelty to your daily routine by picking up new skills or exploring new places. Perhaps you can pick up a brush and learn painting or calligraphy?
You may also enjoy exploring new places such as the Eco-link at BKE or the National Gallery. Or simply take a different route to and from work and see what you discover.
Another way to destress is to take time for yourself to think and reflect. Think about events you're looking forward to, for example, a gathering with your friends. Or reminisce about happy memories you've made with loved ones.
If alone time isn't your cup of tea, spend quality time with your friends and family: catch up with pals over dinner, or treat your family to a good meal.
Another way to bust those blues is to laugh — watch the latest comedy at the cinema or catch your favourite stand-up comedian.
And before you go to bed each night, think of the little things you're grateful for, and write them down in a journal.
Maybe you're thankful for your supportive friends and family, or the yummy dinner you had. Maybe you simply appreciate having a comfy bed. Expressing gratitude will help you see the positive side of life.
Remember to take a step back and enjoy the little things in life — you'll see that stress, when managed well, can help you get more out of life.
Contributed By: Health Promotion Board (HPB)