It’s National Stress Awareness Month, and, whether it is money, work, a test for school or health, it is something we all experience. In fact, stress is the number one health problem in the UK, however… surprisingly, a little stress isn’t all bad. It can motivate us to set goals, achieve tasks and perform successfully.
It’s the high levels of stress that can deter a person’s physical and psychological function.
It’s important to control what can be controlled. The phrase we’ve all used before is, ‘We can’t control the wind. We can always adjust your sales.’ It’s important to control your attitude, physical behaviour and your approach to the world and its problems.Exercising, eating healthy and sleep will help reduce stress levels.
10 Stress Relieving Tips
You don’t need a spa weekend or a retreat. Each of these stress-relieving tips can get you from OMG to OM in less than 15 minutes.
- Meditate: A few minutes of practice per day can help ease anxiety.
- Breathe deeply: Take a 5-minute break and focus on your breathing.
- Be present: Slow down. When you spend time in the moment and focus on your senses, you should feel less tense.
- Reach out: Your social network is one of your best tools for handling stress. Talk to others – preferably face to face, or at least on the phone. Share what’s going on. You can get a fresh perspective while keeping your connection strong.
- Tune in to your body: Mentally scan your body to get a sense of how stress affects it each day.
- Decompress: Place a warm heat wrap around your neck and shoulders for 10 minutes. Close your eyes and relax your face, neck, upper chest, and back muscles. Remove the wrap, and use a tennis ball or foam roller to massage away tension.
- Laugh out loud: A good belly laugh doesn’t just lighten the load mentally. It lowers cortisol, your body’s stress hormone, and boosts brain chemicals called endorphins, which help your mood.
- Play calming sounds: Create a playlist of songs or nature sounds (the ocean, a bubbling brook, birds chirping), and allow your mind to focus on the different melodies, instruments, or singers in the piece.
- Get moving: All forms of exercise, including yoga and walking, can ease depression and anxiety by helping the brain release feel-good chemicals and by giving your body a chance to practice dealing with stress.
- Be Grateful: Keep a gratitude journal or several (one by your bed, one in your purse, and one at work) to help you remember all the things that are good in your life.