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8 Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

8 Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

The coronavirus has bought with it and truckload of stress.  Many people's have lost their job or face the threat of losing income in the future, the sharemarket has crashed and many people are left wondering how they're going to pay the rent, cover the mortgage and...

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1. Get outside in nature

1. Get outside in nature

Increasing the time spent in nature has been shown to significantly reduce cortisol levels, improve cardiovascular health and lower blood pressure.  So prioritise at least half an hour every day to get outside (unless under strict quarantine that is).  Even if you ARE...

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2. Get daily exercise

2. Get daily exercise

Exercise has been shown to increase our levels of serotonin and dopamine, which has a beneficial effect on mental health.  Gyms and sporting clubs have closed around Australia, and the sports channel now has little to report about, but that shouldn't stop you from...

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3. Get Enough Sleep

3. Get Enough Sleep

With many of us not required to be at the office by 9 am, our night-time routines have slackened and we may not be getting adequate amounts of sleep.  Studies show that insufficient sleep increases the likelihood of feelings of depression, hopelessness, restlessness...

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4. Be careful with coffee consumption

4. Be careful with coffee consumption

Coffee often gets demonised by mainstream media and health bloggers, however, it also has many offers many benefits.  In fact, 2 cups of coffee per day (24oz) is associated with a reduced risk of cancer and all-cause mortality. Despite these health benefits, the dose...

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5. Take a bath

5. Take a bath

I'm not very good at meditation and mindfulness exercises.  When I'm at my most anxious this is also the time I resist doing these things the most.  Yet I'm well aware of the role of mindfulness in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression. Taking a bath is my...

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6. Learn how to meditate

6. Learn how to meditate

According to over 47 peer-reviewed studies meditation can help reduce anxiety, depression and pain, and thanks to smartphones there are now hundreds of apps to guide us through the process. My favourite meditation apps all free to download on both Apple or Android...

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7. Alone time

7. Alone time

Actively engaging in alone time gives you the opportunity to think through decisions and reflect.  During this period of self-isolation, many of us are suddenly living on top of each other.  Kids are permanently home from school, many parents are working from home,...

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8. Tame That Sweet Tooth

8. Tame That Sweet Tooth

A diet high in sugars has been linked to cognitive impairments, negative neuroplasticity and emotional disorders such as anxiety and depression.  When we're stressed it can be easy to reach for comfort foods like chocolate, ice-cream and cake.  It temporarily makes us...

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