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Aim for Stress Free Living

The CMHA (Canadian Mental Health Association) states that much of our stress comes from within us in the form of negative self-talk. The goal of managing stress is to cue the “relaxation response” which is a calming process our body goes through when we perceive that the stressful event has passed. 7 CMHA tips for triggering the relaxation response:

  1. Learn relaxation techniques
    Practicing meditation or breathing awareness every day can relieve chronic stress and realign your outlook in a more positive way.

  2. Set realistic goals
    Learning to say no is essential for some people. Assess your schedule and identify tasks or activities that you can or should let go.

  3. Exercise
    Regular, moderate exercise helps ease tension, improves sleep and self-esteem.

  4. Enjoy yourself
    Taking the time for a favourite hobby is a great way of connecting with and nurturing your creative self.

  5. Visualization
    Athletes achieve results by picturing themselves crossing the finish line first. Use the same technique to practice “seeing” yourself succeed in whatever situation is uppermost in your mind.

  6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle
    A good diet is often the first thing to go when we’re feeling stressed. Making a meal instead of buying one ready-made will be better for you.

  7. Talk about it
    Sharing your troubles with a friend may help you to put things in perspective and to feel that you’re not alone.

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Mental Health Meter

Click on the image above to take CMHA’s Mental Health Meter, a tool to identify areas where your level of mental fitness could be improved.

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