In today’s society, stress and change often are thought of as the same thing. Stress is a physiological and psychological response to situations the body and mind find to be overwhelming.

With the fast pace of work and home, and being constantly inundated with technology and still wanting to have time to connect with those around us, our lives can feel overwhelming and stressful at times.

1. Use guided meditation. Guided meditation is a great way to distract yourself from the stress of day-to-day life. There are many guided meditations available on the internet that can help you find 5 minutes of centered relaxation.

2. Practice deep breathing. Deep breathing is a great way to reduce the activation of your sympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s response to a perceived threat.

3. Maintain physical exercise and good nutrition. Physical exercise and nutrition are two important components in how you respond to stress. When your body is healthy, your mind can be healthy and vice versa.

4. Manage social media time. Social media can be stressful, not just because of what we may see on them, but also because we could be meeting with friends, enjoying the weather, or reading a good book.

5. Connect with others. We're social. Feeling supported requires social relationships. Finding a feeling of community is crucial to your well-being, whether at work, in a religious group, or through organised sports.

Enjoying a shared activity allows you to find support and foster relationships that can be supportive in difficult times.