7 Tips on Coping with Stress


 Get moving
Everyone knows that exercise releases tension, but this need not be a 10 mile run, a simple 5-10 minute walk is enough to release endorphins (making you feel happy) and creativity!  Just a small break from the stress of what you are doing, whether it be a project at work or home, can clear your mind and air your body for the challenges you are facing, making you more able to tackle and overcome them.

Set a time to vent
Allocate a few minutes each day to vent your anger and frustration.  Be disciplined about it, set the same amount of time (no more than 5 minutes), and leave it at that, don’t be tempted to vent outside this time.  This is your time to write down all those pent-up feelings you’ve been hoarding; let them go and feel liberated of them afterwards

Deep breaths
Consciously concentrating on your breathing means that you take focus away from your source of stress, and you give more oxygen to your body and brain!  The fact that stress distracts us from how we are breathing causes us to breathe incorrectly.  Take control and breathe deeply.

Get things done
Stop procrastinating and take an active approach to getting things done: Experiment with starting with the easiest thing you have on your to do list, or one of the things you are finding most challenging. Finish what you started, and this will help lower stress levels, as you will have less items on your to do list to be thinking about.  This will leave you free to relax more, or fill your time with more enjoyable activities.

Seek and accept help
There is no shame in admitting that you are suffering from stress, and even less in looking for support.  There are groups, forums, organisations and people out there that are open and ready to give you the help you need, or simply to listen to your story and be a shoulder to lean on.  Alleviate your stress by finding positive people to support you.

Take a break
Although you may feel as though you have no time to sit back and put your feet up, everyone has to rest at some point.  We all know how important sleep is for our bodies and minds, and there is a reason that 8 hours is the recommended amount to clock up each night.  Make sure you get the sleep you need and have some time to relax each day.

Eat well
Your body and mind need fuel, and the better the fuel, the better they will perform.  Consume your five portions of fruit and veg a day, make sure breakfast isn’t left out, and avoid those quick energy boosters high in sugar, as you eventually crash and end up feeling as stressed as before.  Remember, a balanced diet will set you up to balance the rest of your life.

 

 

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