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5 essential ways to ease stress

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Lawal Adenike

Stress is one thing almost everyone faces in their day-to-day life, especially in the course of finding the much talked-about ‘daily bread’.

In this piece, BlackBox Nigeria highlights 5 essential ways to get rid of stress easily.

1. Take time off

Many individuals get stressed as a result of too much work leaving no time to rest. It is advisable to take some time off work and catch some fun to ease you of stress. Just like the saying goes, ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.

2. Get 8 hours of sleep regularly

Sleeping goes a long way in easing stress. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep regularly will help boost your immune system. A good sleep strengthens your heart and improves your memory.

3. Listen to music

Listening to music can have a very relaxing effect on the body. Slow paced instrumental music can be particularly soothing, induce the relaxation response by helping lower blood pressure as well as stress hormones.

4. Exercise often

Exercising is a life extending therapy. It improves your mood and will as well help you get better sleep. Be it aerobics or yoga, any form of exercise helps relieve stress. If you are interested in managing your stress, you should consider regular exercise.

5. Avoid too much sugar and caffeine

This rule is pretty simple. Beware of caffeine especially the type found in chocolate and soda. Yes, that little piece of that chocolate you had to quench your sugar craving could be the reason for your restless and shakiness, headaches and dizziness. Therefore, take less of it to ease your stress.

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