Got Stress? Five Tips to Help Manage It

Stress, the silent killer. It’s a primary contributor to conditions such as heart disease and high blood pressure. Yet so many of us ignore the warning signs and simply accept stress as part of the process.

It doesn’t have to be that way. While stress can be incredibly useful in certain situations (e.g. running from a tiger), it does you no good if you are losing out on sleep because your blood pressure is through the roof. Divorce is hard. And no matter what you do, stress will be a component of it. However, you are in control of how much of a factor it will be in your life.

Here are five tips I suggest to all my client to manage their stress levels during, before, and after litigation:

1. Get 8 hours of sleep. 8 hours is the gold standard. Even if you can “function” off less, it’s not optimal.
2. Exercise regularly (and intensely). Only 30 minutes of rigorous exercise three times per week can yield tremendous results.
3. Eat well. Your body is your temple. Treat it (some pun intended) accordingly.
4. Meditate. Start with 5 minutes per day and work your way up.
5. Pick up a hobby. It’s never too late to start a new hobby. The effort required will not only provide a convenient distraction, it will stimulate your mind in new ways.

And don’t forget to breathe 🙂

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