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Stress and Depression: How to Overcome Both

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Andy Core is an expert in Work-Life Balance, Personal Wellbeing and Peak Human Performance.

Stress can actually be good for you, but like almost everything in life, the key is moderation; Stress can keep you motivated when you really need it. Many people know that when they faced a work deadline, stress helps the body to respond better, improving their results.

The connection between stress and depression is this: People who are stressed often neglect having healthy lifestyle practices

The connection between stress and depression is
this: People who are stressed often neglect having
healthy lifestyle practices

They often smoke or drink as means of dealing with stress albeit poorly, and don’t do regular exercise.

The following lifestyle changes can help reduce stress levels and correspondingly, reduce the risk of falling into depression:

1. Exercise: A half-hour of moderate exercise, such as walking or swimming, five days a week can be an enormous help in stress reduction. Exercise helps the body produce chemicals that help you elevate your overall mood by affecting hormones and neurotransmitters, producing endorphins which can help reduce stress.

2. Yoga and meditation: These two practices are helpful in reducing stress levels because they actively retrain your brain circuits for healthier processes.

3. Eating well and not drinking alcohol: People who feel stressed often drink too much alcohol, which is known change your mood to a depressive state.

4. Making time for you: Create some time to do what you want in your life, especially for recreational hobbies. Today’s multitasking life is stressful. If possible try and take regular breaks from work.

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