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Sometimes even the small things can add to stress

While you sit at your desk and ponder your plans for the sunny days ahead, here some ways to de-stress:
1. Close your eyes and breathe deep – try the 4-7-8 method. Inhale for four seconds, hold for seven, then release for eight. Repeat three times
2. Unlock your eyes from the screen with the 20-20-20 rule – every 20 minutes, take 20 seconds to focus on something about 20 feet (6 metres) away. This is great for reducing eye strain and giving you a small break
3. Declutter – because mess = stress. Take a moment to clear your working area and get things back into an organized state
4. Get active – virtually any form of physical activity can act as a stress relief
5. Get enough sleep, limit alcohol and caffeine. Avoid blue light 2 – 3 hours before bedtime
Looking for more guidance? Your family doctor can help you with other ways to reduce stress