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Unfortunately, stress is a part of life. Women have more on their shoulders than ever. We work, we raise families, we’re cooks and cleaners…the list goes on. It’s not surprising that the average stress levels of the 25-40-year-old woman have risen in the last decade. Whether you’re dealing with an unexpected stressful situation that requires an immediate fix or an ongoing annoyance that you continuously have to deal with, managing your stress is a great way to look after your physical and mental health. Here are five steps to reducing your stress.

Change Your Perspective
Stress can cause us to look at things differently than normal. Even if you’re the calmest person on the planet, stress can cause you to lose your patience. Perhaps you’re dealing with money worries because your car broke down and you have to find the cash for repairs. Maybe you didn’t get the job you’d worked so hard for. However, these things are unlikely to matter a few months down the line. When you look at the big picture, it’s hardly worth worrying about.

Relaxation Methods
It’s hard to just get rid of stress, even if you know it’s doing you harm. So when you’re waiting for the storm to pass, do a few things that make you relax. Run yourself a hot bubble bath, watch a comedy movie that you know makes you laugh or visit your chosen online dispensary for a helping hand. Relaxing doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t wake up with any stress in the morning, but it will distract you long enough to enjoy yourself and take a break.

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Come Up with a Plan
The worst thing you can do when you’re stressed because of something within your control, is bury your head in the sand. For instance, you may not have the money to pay bills but that doesn’t mean you should ignore payment requests. Get in touch with the company you owe money to and work out a payment plan. That goes for anything else. Tackle it head on and create a plan that allows you to feel better about the reason you have stress.

Accept Your Lack of Control
There are some things that are completely out of your control. For instance, you can’t control a loved one’s health. As much as you’d like to be able to come up with a solution, sometimes you have to accept that it’s out of your hands. Praying for your relative can give you back some of the control that you’ve lost, but it may still be difficult to relieve your stress until you’ve made peace with the fact you have no control over the outcome.

Exercise
Exercising can be such a relief when it comes to stress. Whether you prefer to quietly stretch in a Yoga class or punch the stuffing out of a punch bag, you’ll walk away feeling much better. Exercise promotes good circulation to the brain which helps you to become a better problem solver too.

There’s no getting away from stress but you can choose how you react to it.