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Ease Stress with these Family-Friendly Tips

Everyone gets stressed from time to time. Whether you’re upset because someone cut you off in traffic, you’re feeling pressure to do better in school or you can’t seem to reach the end of your to-do list, stress is inevitable.

Though stress is common, it’s how you handle stress that can have serious implications for your health. From trouble concentrating and changing sleep habits to dizziness, upset stomachs and chest pains, unchecked stress takes a toll on your physical health — as well as your mental well-being.

While it’s difficult to completely avoid stress, Allina Health and CentraCare Health offer three helpful tips to deal with stress in your family’s demanding life:

Get moving!

Burn off some stress while burning calories. A quick 30-minute walk every day has countless health benefits. Even a short burst of activity can boost endorphins to the body, improving your mood and reducing tension and stress. So the next time you reach for your keys to drive your kids to their next activity, stop and think: Could we walk there instead? Not only will you get moving, you’ll also get your kids moving with you.

Write it out.

Writing helps us think and communicate more effectively, and it can also be a great stress reliever. If you’re feeling mentally overloaded because of a growing to-do list, try writing it down instead of keeping it in your head. By creating a written list, you can more easily prioritize the “need-to-dos” from the “those-can-wait-for-later” items — and maybe even find a way to get some “me-time” in your day, too.

Get some z’s.

When you’re working long hours at home or in the office, your sleep schedule often takes a back seat to more pressing issues. That lack of sleep can have detrimental effects on your cognitive abilities. The average adult requires 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night, while children can require up to 11 hours. Creating a nightly sleep routine and avoiding caffeine before bed can help you rest and recharge after a long day.

Are you looking for more easy stress-busting tips? Check out Allina Health’s Change to Chill website and the Bounce Back Project’s website, a partnership of Allina Health Clinic – Buffalo, CentraCare Health – Monticello, Buffalo Hospital, Buffalo Clinic and Monticello Clinic, for more tips and content to keep your mind at ease.

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