5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress Right Now
Now the holidays are well and truly over and the children are back at school, many of us are back into our regular day-to-day routine. Despite having a well-earned break, sometimes it doesn’t take long before the pressures of life begin to build up again. These pressures can come from many different areas, whether it’s financial worries, an increased workload, family problems, an illness or a combination of things.
During a stressful period, our body will try to create a stress response, which can cause a number of physical symptoms. These signs of stress can include:
- A feeling of being overwhelmed
- Difficulty concentrating
- Feelings of anxiety or worry
- Changes in your mood
- Changes in sleeping habits
- Eating more or less
- Difficulty relaxing
Five stress-management tips you can implement today
If you’re feeling stressed out, why not take 10 minutes for yourself and try at least one of these tips below to help with stress-management:
Tip # 1 – Breathe
When we are overly stressed or anxious, it can affect how we breathe – which has a knock-on effect on how your mind and body feel. Start by simply taking a few deep breaths to help slow down your breathing, calm your heart and relax your muscles. Try to let any tension go by releasing your shoulders away from your ears and unclenching your jaw. For further tips on correct breathing techniques, follow Anxiety Australia’s guide here.
Tip # 2 – Get active
Moving your body can help to relax your mind and relieve tension. Try to incorporate some form of physical exercise into your daily routine as it helps your body to fight stress by releasing feel-good hormones called endorphins. Don’t worry; it doesn’t have to be a high-intensity workout, just a simple walk or a 20-minute Pilates class on YouTube will also do the job.
Tip # 3 – Be more organised
Feeling overwhelmed by a long list of tasks can cause stress and anxiety. However, this can be easily managed through proper planning. Even simply writing things down can help your to-do list seem more achievable. Learn to be more efficient with your time and start making daily checklists and setting completion dates for each. Prioritise which tasks need to be accomplished first and try to delegate to others where possible. Feeling more on top of things will definitely leave you feeling less stressed.
Tip # 4 – Take time out
Our life shouldn’t just be all work and no play. It’s important to schedule some ‘me time’ into our daily routine that allows you to relax and have some fun. Striking a balance between responsibilities, such as to work commitments and others can really help to reduce stress levels. Learn that it’s OK to prioritise yourself and that taking a break is essential for good mental health. Spend time doing what you love, such as reading, listening to music or playing sport.
Tip # 5 – Eat well
Stress levels and diet are closely related and when we’re rushed off our feet and stressed, we can easily forget to feed our bodies with wholesome, nourishing meals. Instead, we often resort to fatty, sugary foods that are quick and convenient. But eating a well-balanced and healthy diet, that includes plenty of omega-3, fruit, vegetables and lean protein will do wonders for stress-management as well as your mood and your energy levels.
Why is proper stress-management important?
While a moderate amount of stress can actually help us perform better in certain situations, prolonged stress is not good for our bodies and can lead to physical problems. Stress can contribute to intestinal and digestive difficulties such as IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), lower our immunity levels and also cause mental health issues such as depression and anxiety.
It’s essential to learn proper stress-management techniques to help keep your mind and body healthy and prevent long-term damage. At Positive Mind Works, we work with you to implement stress management skills that help you learn how to cope with stress. We are here to support you and help you restore balance to your life with the use of proven techniques for managing stress levels. Learn more here.