From financial worries, to juggling homeschooling with working from home, to trying to cope with yet another lockdown, there’s currently many reasons why your stress levels might be an all time high. We’ve put together our 7 top stress-busting tips to help you manage your stress levels and get back to being a happier, healthier you!
Get out and get active
The weather might be rubbish at the moment but daily exercise can significantly improve your mental health and improve the quality of your sleep. Did you know just 15 minutes of exercise a day can increase the amount of norepinephrine in your body? Norepinephrine is the chemical that moderates our brain’s response to stress and stressful situations. Plus it’s a good reason to get out of the house and enjoy fresh air and a change of scenery.
Be careful what you drink
Boredom might lead you to hit the coffee pot or wine bottle more than usual at the moment but excess caffeine and alcohol can have a negative effect on your stress levels. Alcohol in larger quantities acts as a depressant and caffeine can promote anxiety. Everything in moderation is fine, and should be enjoyed! Maybe just keep an eye on how much you’re consuming.
Start a journal
It doesn’t need to be a masterpiece but writing things down can help handle stress. While recording what you’re stressed about is one approach, another is jotting down what you’re grateful for. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life.
Connect with friends and family
We might not be able to connect in person but you can still make time for each other and enjoy their support. Book in a phone call with your best friend, organise a family zoom catch up, host a virtual pub quiz. Being part of a friend network gives you a sense of belonging and self-worth, which can help you in tough times.
Laughter really is good for the soul! A study among people with cancer found that people in the laughter intervention group experienced more stress relief than those who were simply distracted. It has also been proven to have a positive impact on your immune system and mood!
Put on a comedy, call your favourite friend for a giggle or just enjoy some high quality memes... whatever makes you laugh.
I will never be a yogi but days when I hit the mat always seem better than when I don’t. While yoga styles differ, most share a common goal — to join your body and mind.
Yoga primarily does this by increasing body and breath awareness. Some studies have examined yoga’s effect on mental health. Overall, research has found that yoga can enhance mood and may even be as effective as antidepressant drugs at treating depression and anxiety
Light a candle
Burning a scented candle may help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. Using scents to treat your mood is called aromatherapy. Several studies show that aromatherapy can decrease anxiety and improve sleep.