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- Nutritional Habits:
Caffeine, Nicotine, Salt and Sugar Deprivation. Diets rich in Vitamin B, C and Magnesium. Replacement of heavy alcohol drinks with a glass of wine.
Deprivation of caffeine and receiving a healthier diet will result to quality sleep for longer period, without sleeping disturbances (nightmares, stomach pains etc.). Sleeping well is particularly important, since it is an advanced cognitive process for the brain. During sleep many important functions take place, such as memory consolidation, muscles growth, repair or tissues or synthesis of hormones.
Physical activity can reduce the stress levels in our body. Try to find a hobby. Even a gentle exercise can have a positive impact on depression and overall anxiety, relieves stress, improves memory and sleep as well as boosts the entire mood.
- Relaxation Techniques:
Spending some quality time with yourself during the week is of vital importance for your mental health. Massage, yoga, breathing and mindfulness techniques, having a relaxing shower/massage with essential oils (aromatherapy) or even listening to your favorite music (music therapy) can include some examples, helping to eliminate the daily stress.
- Limits & Time Management:
It is important to understand your own limits in order to manage your personal, family, and career relationships. In our social context, we all have multiple roles and “obligations”. Analyzing what other people demand from us each time, with a rational and logical manner protects us from being exhausted. Prioritizing tasks/ duties help to adopt a better planning and prevent the subsequent stress arising from last-minute decisions. More importantly, we can find a better balance between our personal and professional time.
- Control of a Situation:
Development of problem-solving & decision making skills will assist to find alternative ways to overcome a problem. Searching, discussing, thinking about possible actions can all play a role on a) taking the ownership of a situation, b) ending up with a sense of control, and c) reducing the subsequent stress.
Sex is a great sex reliever, especially between people with emotional attachment. The senses of touching, hugging and sexual intimacy promote calmness, while sexual arousal releases substances that stimulate the reward and pleasure system in the brain.
Try to relax with your peers and friends within your week. Sometimes just talking to somebody close to you can be extremely healing. However, while retaining your cycle is important, socializing with new or different people is also crucial for someone’s personality. First and foremost, is well for improving your self-esteem and social skills but also for building your network.
- Skills Improvement:
Knowing our weaknesses can help us to identify the points of our improvement. For instance, if we lack of leadership or presentation skills [sometimes crucial for one’s career] we can start searching for possible ways to improve them, such as reading, asking, seeking for advice – even attending some seminars to improve our performance.
- Life Development:
Last but not least, having thought of your own life plan –your personal purpose, the goals you need to succeed in, the possible difficulties you need to overcome – can give you a sense of fulfillment. People who haven’t yet found their personal life plan usually confront with constant/ chronic stress and existential dilemmas during their daily routing.