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Many people are facing difficult situations right now, for one reason or another, and this may be causing additional stress and upset. It's really important that we take care of ourselves, and stay connected to people around us, whether that's a phone call, video chat or a text message just to check in.

Some things are out of our control, but there are a few ways we can try to calm our minds and let go of some of the stress we might be experiencing. 

Stress can be detrimental to our short- and long-term health, so it’s important that we take the time to address how we feel and find ways to overcome or manage what is causing us stress. Here are a few ways to try to reduce your stress levels and find some calm amongst the chaos. 

1. Self-care, stress coping and relaxation techniques are known to boost immunity and reduce stress hormones. 

There is no greater time to be diligent in taking care of your immunity. Stress coping techniques, meditation and active rest are known to lower cortisol and adrenaline (stress hormones) and boost the immune system. 

2. Stress depletes key nutrients from the body. 

When the body is in a state of stress, it consumes more nutrients such as Vitamin C, zinc, B vitamins and magnesium - the very nutrients needed for a strong immune system. It's important that you are maintaining a healthy diet.

3. Maintain healthy cognition for problem-solving and growth mindset.

One of the negative effects of stress is the inability to think straight and problem solve. Brain-fog and tunnel-vision are linked to high stress, anxiety and panic.

4. Stress affects sleep.

We need sound sleep to support physical and emotional health. Sleep is as important to our physical and mental health as clean water and nutritious food. It is also the best healing environment for the body. Poor sleep health is proven to lower immunity as well as cognitive function.

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If you, or someone you know, needs crisis support, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14. For urgent medical attention, phone 000 immediately.

This information is of a general nature. It does not take into consideration your personal or health conditions. Always consult your GP, medical professional, or mental health professional, for health-related advice.

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