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We all know what it’s like to feel stressed from time to time – it is a normal part of life. But becoming overwhelmed by stress can lead to mental health problems or make existing problems worse.

National Stress Awareness Day is a great opportunity to take a moment to think about our well-being and find advice or support on managing stress, and we’ve got some stress-busting suggestions:

  • Support your health with exercise

Exercise that raises your heart rate and makes you sweat is a hugely effective way to lift your mood, increase energy, sharpen focus, and relax both the mind and body. Rhythmic movement, such as walking, running, dancing, drumming, etc. is especially soothing for the nervous system. For maximum stress relief, try to get at least 30 minutes of activity on most days. If it’s easier to fit into your schedule, break up the activity into two or three shorter segments.

  • Mindfulness

Have a look into our Mindfulness and Mental Health courses to become stress aware. Just give us a call or email us for more information.

  • Work smarter, not harder

Working smarter means prioritising your work, concentrating on the tasks that will make a real difference and not over-committing yourself.

If you’ve got too much on your plate, distinguish between the “should” and “musts.”

  • Have some comfort food

Research shows that these foods help reduce stress: Oysters, avocado, oatmeal, raspberries & blueberries, oranges, pistachios & walnuts, and dark chocolate.

  • Avoid unhealthy habits

Don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping with stress. Over the long term, these won’t solve your problems and they may just create new ones.

  • Have a cuppa

Herbal teas are best. Try peppermint tea to calm any digestive symptoms or chamomile tea to help you relax. Even the few minutes spent making a cup (or pot) of tea can help you to take your mind off the stressful situation you find yourself in.

  • Create a Stress Awareness space at your workplace

The charity Mind is asking employers to start the conversation about stress in the work place, by creating a Stress Awareness Space, staff can share their thoughts and feelings when they are feeling stressed.

It can make a huge difference sharing how you’re feeling with friends and colleagues. By sharing you could get some great advice and tips or find you can support other colleagues who need help.

 

Sources: https://www.helpguide.org/articles/stress/stress-in-the-workplace.htm, https://www.mind.org.uk/workplace/national-stress-awareness-day/,