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The struggle to survive in this harsh economy has led many people, young and old, to engage in more activities than they can possibly handle just to make ends meet.

What this has resulted to is increased stress level. However, this is not the only factor raising stress level these days – other factors that many thought eases stress actually does contribute to stress – and I will be addressing those other factors in this piece.

Researchers have suggested that turning on a TV set or the use of smart phones after work in order to relieve stress does the exact opposite of the aim as it actually contributes to stress and unhappiness.

Excessive stress can seriously derail one’s health. In fact, researchers have discovered that people who live strssful lives face chronic health problems 10 years down the road.

Associated with stress are lowered libido, reduced immunity, and increased hair loss.

The last one there is quite funny. When next you notice your hair is receding, consider adopting the tips below to relieve stress:

Shut Down and Log Off

Scientists say that the average person spends about 16 hours a day consuming media – including TV, social media, and phone time.

Further away from the assertion, researchers have found that smartphones actually increase stress contrary to what many think.

Another report showed that the more people use the social media, the more their happiness declined – the many fake lifestyles often promoted on social media may be responsible for this. Lowering stress can be as easy as clicking a button — or rather, turning off your digital devices. Determine to unplug from your social media when it is time to get a proper rest.

Eat Right

A lot of people do not know that the choice of food they consume could reduce or induce stress. Your food choices can help you manage your stress levels. Here are some foods one can take to relieve stress:

Dark chocolate: The antioxidant-rich indulgence not only reduces stress by lowering levels of stress hormones in your body, dark chocolate also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol and helps boost your mood. Aim to eat chocolate that contains at least 65 per cent cacao, and consume a max of 1 to 2 ounces daily.

Omega-3 fatty acids: Foods that are rich in omega-3 — avocados and fatty fish like tuna, salmon, herring, and sardines — help lower stress, anxiety, and depression. Try to eat at least two servings of fatty fish per week.

Citrus fruits: Vitamin C found in citrus fruits like oranges, strawberries, and grapefruit can also help relieve stress. Adult men should try to get about 90 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C daily, while adult women need only about 75 mg daily. You can meet your daily vitamin C requirement by eating oranges, which contains about 95 mg of vitamin C. Other great sources of vitamin C include red and green peppers, baked potatoes, tomatoes.

Get some exercise

Exercise is another healthy way to reduce stress. Researchers have found that moderate physical activity helped people to manage stress and anxiety — and the health benefits lasted even after the workout ended. High-energy activities like running, dancing, and spinning helps a lot.

Purpose to get more restful sleep

Everything we want to achieve starts with being purposeful. A recent poll found that an estimated 70 per cent of people who reported feeling stressed also experienced trouble sleeping. Poor sleep has been linked to lowered immunity, heart problems, and feelings of anxiety and depression. Stop stress in its tracks by practicing these better sleep tips. Avoid taking too much caffeine, it stays in your system for at least six hours.

Watching TV or checking social media feed before bed can keep one awake, so all technology must be turned off. Also aim to make your room dark, cool, and quiet, this will keep light away from entering the eyes.

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Author: Dotun Obatuyi

My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.