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Health: 7 daily steps to be less stressed

Latara Boodie
Youthlink Writer
Stress can take over your entire life. Not only will you have frequent anxiety attacks, but it will also affect the relationships you have with the people you care the most about. Stress can cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture and focus on something that may not even be within your control. Less stress, however, will lead not only to greater productivity but also to a more peaceful life. Try these seven daily steps for less stress and to get your life in order. 
1. Time management
Knowing exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it each day will give your life some form of predictability. Creating small but flexible routines each day allows you to know what to expect and look forward to. Create simple to-do lists of things you need to accomplish each day and watch the anxiety melt away as you realise you are achieving the things you need to get done. 
3. Move often
Exercise is known to reduce stress as it releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins. Get involved and get active. Join a sport or a club that requires physical activity. You can also look on YouTube for quick-and-easy workouts that can fit into your hectic life, if you have a busy schedule. You can try Fitnessblender or BeFit to start out. 
2. Prepare for the day
Use at least 15 minutes in the evening to prepare for the next day. Pack your bag the night before (make sure you include your assignment; you don't want to have to do it all over when you realise you have left it at home.) Get your outfit/uniform together. Pack your snacks/breakfast and/or lunch to prevent the rush in the morning.
4. Alone time
It is OK to put aside some time for yourself. Alone time is crucial and needed to get your thoughts in order. Take at least 15 to 30 minutes each day to shut the world out and think about yourself, your goals and focus on your progress. It's good to slow down to make sure you are OK and on the right track. 
5. Keep a journal
Putting all your thoughts on social media is a common trend today, but not everything needs to be posted for everyone to see. Having a journal gives the same form of release as a personal post. Call it old-fashioned, but writing your thoughts in a private place allows you to have a medium to express yourself in any way you would like. 
6. Colouring/Art
You see how much your younger siblings//nieces/nephews enjoy art and craft? Or how excited they get when they start colouring. Whenever you feel the stress coming on, disappear for a while and forget about everything by creating something beautiful and even useful. You can get an adult colouring book at MegaMart or at your local bookstores. The UWI bookstore currently has some in stock. Go check it out.
7. Enjoy the little things
Focus on the details of small, everyday activities and how happy they make you feel. It could range from enjoying your favourite series to simply drinking a cup of tea. Make note of how relaxed these things make you feel and enjoy each moment. 

Latara Boodie
Youthlink Writer

Stress can take over your entire life. Not only will you have frequent anxiety attacks, but it will also affect the relationships you have with the people you care the most about. Stress can cause you to lose sight of the bigger picture and focus on something that may not even be within your control. Less stress, however, will lead not only to greater productivity but also to a more peaceful life. Try these seven daily steps for less stress and to get your life in order. 

1. Time management
Knowing exactly what you need to do and when you need to do it each day will give your life some form of predictability. Creating small but flexible routines each day allows you to know what to expect and look forward to. Create simple to-do lists of things you need to accomplish each day and watch the anxiety melt away as you realise you are achieving the things you need to get done. 

2. Prepare for the day

Use at least 15 minutes in the evening to prepare for the next day. Pack your bag the night before (make sure you include your assignment; you don't want to have to do it all over when you realise you have left it at home.) Get your outfit/uniform together. Pack your snacks/breakfast and/or lunch to prevent the rush in the morning.

3. Move often
Exercise is known to reduce stress as it releases the feel-good hormones called endorphins. Get involved and get active. Join a sport or a club that requires physical activity. You can also look on YouTube for quick-and-easy workouts that can fit into your hectic life, if you have a busy schedule. You can try Fitnessblender or BeFit to start out. 

4. Alone time
It is OK to put aside some time for yourself. Alone time is crucial and needed to get your thoughts in order. Take at least 15 to 30 minutes each day to shut the world out and think about yourself, your goals and focus on your progress. It's good to slow down to make sure you are OK and on the right track.

5. Keep a journal
Putting all your thoughts on social media is a common trend today, but not everything needs to be posted for everyone to see. Having a journal gives the same form of release as a personal post. Call it old-fashioned, but writing your thoughts in a private place allows you to have a medium to express yourself in any way you would like.

6. Colouring/Art
You see how much your younger siblings//nieces/nephews enjoy art and craft? Or how excited they get when they start colouring. Whenever you feel the stress coming on, disappear for a while and forget about everything by creating something beautiful and even useful. You can get an adult colouring book at MegaMart or at your local bookstores. The UWI bookstore currently has some in stock. Go check it out.

7. Enjoy the little things
Focus on the details of small, everyday activities and how happy they make you feel. It could range from enjoying your favourite series to simply drinking a cup of tea. Make note of how relaxed these things make you feel and enjoy each moment.