Stress affects us in strange ways, and when left too long untreated – it can affect both our mental and physical health. Stress has even been associated with Alzheimer’s, so it is important to tackle it before it takes over your life.
The following five steps are ideal starting points for those dealing with stress:
When you have a busy schedule it’s easy to push exercise to the bottom of your to-do list, but for the sake of your stress levels (and not to mention your health), it is worth bumping it up to the top. Not only will exercise help to improve your physical health, the endorphins released will lower stress levels as well as giving you important breathing space from impending stress triggers. Aim to get at least 30 minutes of exercise three times a week.
2. Muscle relaxation
This is ideal for times when everything feels a bit much and you need time to calm yourself down. Take 20 minutes and shut yourself away for this relaxation technique. Start off by breathing deeply and then focus your attention on your feet. Tense the muscles in your feet and count to 10. Then relax your feet and focus on the feeling of released tension. Continue to work your way up your body until you find yourself in a state of total relaxation.
3. Share your worries
Talking to someone you trust can really help reduce the burden. Whether it’s to get help, advice or even just unload – discussing your problems can help to crystallise what you need to do and may help you put things into perspective.
4. Do a good deed
Sometimes just paying a stranger a compliment or helping a friend can help you feel less stressed. Listening to other people’s concerns can also put yours into perspective.
Make a to-do list in priority order and set yourself a realistic time frame. By just writing it down you will have made a start and you should start to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
If you feel stress is affecting your daily life, it may be worth seeking help from a hypnotherapist. To find out more, please see our Stress page.
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