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Stress is a common occurrence in life, especially when working or on deadlines.  It may seem like there are not enough hours in a day or responsibilities at work and home can be suffocating, but a simple way to overcome that stress is to talk with someone. Social interaction is a great way to bring down those nerves and talking to a good listener can help release tension. If there is no one close to you to chat, then creating a network of friends is a good way to balance your mental health.

For those who do not like to chat, taking a quiet time for yourself is also a good way to calm the nerves. A break from the television, computer, and cell phone will also help relieve the tension of stress. Listening to music or people watching can exercise your other senses in sound and sight as well. Taking a coffee break with a snack can also help you release stress by testing your sense of taste, feel and smell too.

Forward asked some of the busiest business professionals in Phnom Penh in how they deal with stress. Most of them agree that talking with someone is one of the best ways to relieve stress.

“When work starts piling on and I start losing control a bit because of too much stress, I usually just force myself to go out and meet some friends over a meal or drinks so I can clear my head and start over fresh the next day.” Loy Te, Producer of Kongchak Productions.

“As a nurse, I feel a lot of stress, I found that exercising with people at a park is a great way to relieve stress. I make new friends and have fun!” Phirum Dyphan, Managing Director at MUCHs Nurse Service.

“Doing marketing and communications can often involve urgent tasks and projects which needs to be done urgently, but I would take time to meet family and friends over a cup of coffee. Speaking with them, helps clear my mind and coffee give me the energy to make it through the day.” Sinn Chansereisophea, Marketing & Communications Manager of Infinity General Insurance.

“I stop work stress by taking on random creative projects – like café sketching or coming up with new typographic doodles. Sometimes I just go for a run. a long run!” Zoë Ng, Co-founder of Raintree Cambodia.

“Sometimes the volume of work can increase to the level where it becomes difficult to think clearly about key issues. For me, the most important thing is mental performance. I have found that the best way to deal with this is to take regular mental breaks and exercise. Diet is also very important; not eating too much sugar and/or carbohydrate-rich foods like rice and noodles when I have things I need to get done. Too much sugar and/or carbs make you sleepy and think less clearly.” Allen Dodgson Tan, Director of Applied Technology, Golden West Humanitarian Foundation + Managing Director, STEM Cambodia Organization.

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