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Take Regular Breaks

Go for a walk, read the next chapter of your book or have a 30 second dance party at your desk. Whatever you choose to do, taking a break is a great way to decrease your stress levels and increase your productivity. Need a reminder? No problem, Tech Republic has you covered with its list of 5 free reminder apps!

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Play Your Favourite Song

Music can have a positive impact on our mood. Take some time to make a playlist on your mp3 player, sing out loud, and dance when you feel like it. Check out Youtube or Spotify to find new music. For information on the health benefits of music see this Net Doctors’ article on the subject.

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Offer and Accept Help

Talking to someone can help to sort through your feelings and provide perspective. Even just the act of airing your concerns can have an effect. It’s important to know that you aren’t expected to shoulder all of life’s burdens on your own. You might like to check out ReachOut’s ‘benefits of talking to someone’ for more information.

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Learn More About Something That Amazes You

Let your curiosity get the better of you! There are so many amazing things out there. Learning new things can be energising and help improve our feelings of confidence as well. TED talks are a free and wonderful way to learn more from the cutting edge of almost any topic you can think of.

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Go Out of Your Way to Make Someone’s Day

Kindness is an important way to let others know that they are cared for, but it’s great for the giver as well. Giving someone a gift, cooking them dinner, or even just letting them know why you appreciate them goes a long way towards improving our wellbeing and promoting a positive relationship. You might like to check out the Australian Kindness Movement or The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation for inspiration on something small you could do for someone today!

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Get Involved in a Cause You Believe In

What are you passionate about? Don’t just stand there – get amongst it! Volunteering doesn’t only help others, it helps us as well. See Go Volunteer for current volunteering opportunities in a range of causes.

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Focus on the Present

How’s the serenity? Even a couple of minutes a day focusing on the present can help to put things in perspective and reduce anxiety levels. For serene landscapes and accompanying music to help you find your centre, see Calm.com. They even have an iPhone app!

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Eat Healthy Meals

Food glorious food! Eating healthy and not overdoing the sugar and caffeine can help you feel happy and well. See Go for 2 and 5 for more information and tips on how to improve your diet.

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Do One Thing at a Time

It’s easy to become overwhelmed when you’ve got a lot to do. Creating an ordered list of tasks you need to complete, breaking down large tasks into smaller components, and focusing solely on what you are doing in the moment can help put things in perspective and minimise stress. You might like to check FocusManifesto’s guide to single-tasking for more information.

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Do More of What’s Important to You

Our time is so precious! Check in every once in a while to make sure that the things you spend most time on are in line with your goals and values. If they are, time flies and we feel a greater sense of accomplishment. For tips see Mind Tools’ article on ‘finding balance in your life’.