When it comes to the ways that our lifestyle affects our stress levels, our behaviours fall into two main categories
Negative self-care behaviours – Some are obvious, for example drinking excessive alcohol, smoking or taking illegal drugs. Other behaviours such as withdrawing from other people and ignoring or flat out denying that you are showing any signs of stress are also things which can have a harmful impact on your stress levels and prevent you from coping with the challenges you are facing.
This is the list of negative self care behaviours from our quiz:
Positive self – care behaviours
Exercising and eating well are of course lifestyle behaviours which help you to cope with stress. Equally important is getting eight hours sleep each night, and spending time with family and/ or friends and making enough time to relax and simply do things for fun. Even if you do not feel enthusiastic, simply planning for the future gives you things to look forward to, and maintaining a sense of humour through it all and laughing is enormously beneficial when it comes to coping with the challenges life presents us with.
This is the list of positive self care behaviours from our quiz:
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