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Life in 2013 can be stressful. You might be working long hours and not seeing much of your family. You may not be finding time to socialise and hang out with your friends. You might be worried about prospects for the future, especially in these difficult economic times.

However, there a number of things you can do to help yourself stay relaxed and resourceful in your daily life. Below are some tips on how you can deal with stress:

Take a break

This may seem obvious. However, in the midst of stressful times, sometimes something as obvious as taking breaks can seem a very hard option to see. Ideally take a peaceful holiday for at least a week. Or if this isn’t possible, take a long weekend off and go and see some new sights, hear some interesting sounds and get a feel of a place you’ve never been to before.

Practice yoga and meditation

Making attendance to a yoga class a regular occurrence will do wonders for reducing your stress levels, even if it’s just attending one class a week. By the end of the class your stress will have gone. You can also meditate every day for 10 minutes. Just focus on observing your breathing and allow your worries to arise and pass away.

Get proper sleep

Create a habit of getting to bed at a decent hour. The earlier you can the better. The more sleep you get, the better you’ll be able to function the following day. Get into a routine where you’re getting at least 7 hours of sleep every night.

Cut down on the coffee

Although a cup of coffee can be great to drink during a break from work, too much coffee will not help you in reducing stress. If anything the caffeine inside will only keep you awake later in the day when you really need to sleep. If you’re not sleeping properly already, then too much coffee will actually increase your stress.

Just focus on what you have to do, not on the outcome

One way your stress levels increase is when you’re too focused on achieving the outcome of a particular task you’re undertaking. Of course, you want to succeed in whatever you’re doing. However, by getting too emotionally involved in the outcome you want, you run the risk of basing your happiness, on getting the outcome. Rather than this, just focus on what you are doing, and allow the outcome to be whatever it will be.

Plan you day

You can reduce stress simply by planning your day better. If you’re working from the office or at home, make a plan of the main activities, prioritise them and give yourself time limits for their completion.  This will help you to spend maximum time on critical tasks and spend minimum time or any at all on those activities, which are not important.  Once you have completed an activity, check it off as being done. By doing this you will have a sense of achievement before you move onto the next task.

My friends, it’s over to you:

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