Stress is one of the major factors that can adversely affect a person’s health both mentally and physically. The most common outcomes of stress are lack of concentration, irritation, body aches, and headaches, drastic change in appetite and mood swings.

The consequences of stress are compounded further if it is not treated at an early stage, as it could lead to depression. 

However, stress can be managed by following certain simple tips. This Stress Awareness Day, let us learn five health hacks that can be easily implemented to help you relieve stress.

Identifying the cause of stress: Spend some time on yourself, to understand the root cause of your stress. Jot down the causes and plan your course of action accordingly, this will help you plan your action to manage stress.

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Look for Herbal Solutions:  You can start including herbal supplements in your daily diet. According to ayurveda research and modern texts Ashwagandha herb is known for its rejuvenating properties that helps in maintaining a healthy balance between the nervous system, endocrine glands and immune system thus, reducing the harmful effects of long-term stress on our body.

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Exercise regularly: You can visit the nearest Yoga/Gym center or go for small walks regularly. It relieves your stress and rejuvenates your body. Also, try meditating for few minutes which will help you in calming your mind and also deep breathing exercises relaxes body muscles and make you stress-free.

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Eat healthy food: There is a direct connection between your stress level and diet. Stress eating is very common and we tend to overeat junk food. Always try and avoid sugary, fatty snacks and choose fruits and vegetables over it. Fish with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids has also proved to reduce stress levels.

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Maintain a regular sleep cycle pattern: A person needs 7-9 hours of sleep every day to function better. By maintaining regular sleeping cycle pattern you can make sure that you get enough sleep before you wake up to fight the daily battles.

(The writer is a Research Associate (R&D) with The Himalaya Drug Company)