• International Stress Awareness Day: Chill and relax, stay grounded during this pandemic


    Guwahati: Every year the first Wednesday of November is observed as the International Stress Awareness Day. The day came into prominence after an initiative launched by the International Stress Management Association (ASMA) that intends to raise awareness about stress and methods to fight it.

    The day encourages people to sit back, unwind and embrace peace. International Stress Awareness Day is even more significant this year due to the tough times people across the world have gone through in the COVID-19 outbreak. 

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    The last two years has been very traumatic, stressful, as people around the globe went through a lot after the unpredictable outbreak of Covid-19.

    The mental well-being is of utmost importance nowadays as the pandemic continues to show its ugly head in many countries. Hence, to lower stress, it is important to take mindful steps and tackle stress before it mounts. Here are five ways how one can fight stress during Covid times.

    Meditate - Keep a routine and take out time to unwind in the mornings or evenings. Meditating and practising gratitude can help get rid of negative emotions and increase tolerance. 

    Yoga - While spending time at the gym can be therapeutic too, Yoga is perfect for destressing and building patience. From fighting depression to getting rid of pain, yoga is well-known for the benefits it provides to the human body and mind.

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    Me time - Set aside time for yourself to do something that you enjoy. Make self-care an important part of your daily to-do list. You can spend this time learning a new hobby or polishing an old one. 

    Limit your smart-phone usage - Instead of spending a lot of time staring into your phone or computer, define limits for your screen time. You can use this time to sit with your loved ones, read a book or take up a new hobby.

    Spend time with your close ones - - Talk about your feelings to your loved ones regularly. A healthy communication channel must be maintained to strengthen relationships and to fight stress. If you are a person struggling in a hostile environment, you can communicate your thoughts to a therapist as well. 

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