Healthy habits can protect you from the unsafe effects of stress. Here are 10 positive healthy propensities you might need to develop.

Talk with family and friends.

A day by day dose of companionship is awesome medicine. Call or write friends and family to share your emotions, trusts and joys and ask them to share theirs.

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Participate in daily physical activity.

Standard physical activity can calm mental and physical tension. Physically active grown-ups have lower risk of depression and loss of mental working. Physical activity can be an incredible source of pleasure, as well. Take a stab at walking, swimming, biking or dancing each day.

Embrace the things you can change.

While we will be unable to do some of the things we once enjoyed, we are never too old, making it impossible to take in another expertise, work toward a goal, or love and help other people.

Keep in mind to laugh.

Laughter makes us feel good. Try not to be afraid to laugh out loud at a joke, an entertaining movie or a funny strip, even when only we’re alone.

Give up the bad habits.

A lot of alcohol, cigarettes or caffeine can increase blood pressure. If you smoke, choose to stop now. If you do drink alcohol, do so in moderation.

Slow down.

Attempt to “pace” rather than “race.” Plan ahead and permit enough time to complete the most important things done without rushing.

Get enough rest.

Attempt to get six to eight hours of rest every night. If you can’t rest, find a way to lessen stress and depression. Physical activity also may enhance the quality of sleep and life in general.

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Get organized.

Use schedules to help you concentrate on your most important tasks. Approach enormous tasks slowly and carefully. For example, begin by sorting out only one part of your life — your auto, work place, kitchen, closet, cupboard or drawer.

Practice giving back.

Volunteer your time or invest energy helping out a friend. Helping other people helps you.

Make an effort not to stress.

The world won’t end if your grass isn’t cut or your kitchen isn’t cleaned. You may need to do these things, yet at this moment might not be the right time.