Tips for coping with stress
Many of us find our work or home lives stressful at times. The physical side effects of stress affect our health, sleep patterns and overall well-being.
Stress management is all about “taking control” so you feel “in charge” of your thoughts, lifestyle, emotions and how you deal with day to day life and problems that arise. At times we can feel overwhelmed and struggle with decision making and feel unable to cope. Learning how to manage stress and find ways that work for you will help to provide more balance, understanding and help you work through these times
Make Time For You
You may be thinking “I don’t have time for me!’ or “I’ve got a list of things to do” however self-care is a really important way to just take time out to relax your mind and body and will help you feel rejuvenated and relaxed. You don’t have to set aside hours for this, just 10 minutes of “you” time can have a profound effect on you stress levels.
Just breathe- take 10 minutes to sit quietly and focus on your breathing
Get outside-being in nature, your garden or going for a short walk is a great way of lifting your spirits and separating yourself from your stresses
Journaling-keeping a journal of how you are feeling allows you to “empty your mind” it’s also good to look back through after the event to help you understand how you felt and what you did to cope in that situation.
Practice Gratitude- one of my favourites! Make a note each day or give thanks before you go to bed of 3 things you are grateful for. This can be a really uplifting exercise as it focuses your mind on positives.
Music-Put on your favourite music and enjoy! You may find yourself tapping away or dancing round the room which will increase endorphins our “feel good” hormones.
Connect with others- Sometimes being alone with your thoughts makes everything seem worse. Connecting with others wether it be a quick coffee or saying hello to someone while your out walking can be an uplifting experience and if you feel able to talk through your worries with someone, often they can give you a new perspective on them.
Yoga-Focuses on breathing and posture and can be a very calming exercise to take part in. You don’t need to go to a class you can practice at home, but of course attending a class also connects you with others.
Mindfulness and Meditation- another great way of being in “the present” focusing on calming your mind and your breathing. Try it with some soothing music -you’ll be amazed how much calmer you can feel after just 10 minutes.
Sleep-when we are stressed we often struggle to sleep. Try going to bed at the same time each night, listening to some relaxing music to help you drift off, turn off the tv in the bedroom and your mobile as these both stimulate the brain and you want to relax.