Stress is part and parcel of everyday life as we deal with challenges posed by work, family commitments, financial obligations, and social relationships. While a small to moderate amount of stress may actually stimulate us to perform better, excessive stress or stress which endures over a prolonged period of time can damage our health. In this context, there is growing evidence which suggests that stress has a significant impact on our risk of developing heart disease.

Read more: Stress as a Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease

Ways in which you can minimise the potentially harmful effects of stress include:

  • being realistic about yourself and the situations which you face – do not try to achieve the impossible;
  • identifying any negative feelings and attitudes which you may have and dealing with them constructively so that they will not become an emotional liability to you;
  • planning your time carefully – prioritise your outstanding tasks and start with the more important ones first;
  • building up a support system – cultivate a circle of friends and family members with whom you can share your problems openly and frankly
  • making adequate time for rest and leisure in your daily routine;
  • engaging in relaxation techniques such as deep breathing, shoulder and neck massages, and meditation when you feel stressed.