UNCOVER YOUR BLUE

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23 April Tanya Alvis

It's official, most of us are feeling stressed not only at work but at home as well. Recent surveys say that most working adults feel overwhelmed trying to balance the heavy demands of work and their personal lives. Increased stress levels are resulting in more people suffering from anxiety, depression and just feeling in general. Stress related anxiety and depression are two are the most common mental health concerns in our society. This month we want to Uncover you Blue and give you some tips that you can use in your everyday life to live positively and keep away the blues.

Top 5 tips to living positively:

1. Change the tone of your thoughts from negative to positive.

No negative thoughts allowed

Positive thinking helps with stress management and can even improve your health. Positive thinking does not mean neglecting the problems that you are currently facing, it just means that you approach life challenges in a more positive and productive way. Positive thinking also applies to the self, in terms of how you view yourself, your body and your abilities. Wake up each day and write something positive about yourself!

2. Surround yourself with positive people.

Surround yourself with positive people

Closely linked to the first tip, to overcome the blues you need to start remove all sources of negativity from your life. Negativity can come from the workplace, family and or friends. Surround yourself with people who are on the same page and who bring positive energy into your life! When you are stuck in a negative spiral, talk to people who can put things into perspective and won't feed your negative thinking.

3. Mediation

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Meditation can help with feeling low, anxiety because it quiets an overactive brain. For someone with anxiety, it sometimes feels like their mind is like a hamster on a wheel constantly running, but not really getting anywhere, said Corboy, also founder and executive director of the OCD Centre in Los Angeles. Meditating helps us stop catch our breath, and get some perspective- focusing on the here and now. It helps you develop the skill of skill of accepting the existence your problems without overvaluing them.

4. Exercise

excercise

Research on anxiety, depression and exercise shows that the psychological and physical benefits of exercise can also help reduce anxiety and improve mood. Exercise can help boost self-confidence and self-esteem which is a major tool needed to Uncover the blues. During exercise your body not only releases feel-good chemicals like endorphins that can help ease depression and anxiety, but it also can also reduce the immune system chemicals that can worsen depression.

5. Smile

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Smiling really does help change your mood and relieve stress. Its makes us attractive to others and it changes your mood. Smiling is also Contagious, by smiling you are putting out positive energy into the universe. Lastly, smiling boosts your Immune System actually stimulating your immune response by helping you relax as well as releasing feel good hormones like endorphins.

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