Does your life sometimes feel out of control? The constant busyness, the never ending to-do-lists and the incessant juggle can all add up to overwhelming feelings of stress.
Our modern lifestyles aren’t going away so we all need to find ways to manage the stress and exhaustion that can sometimes be part of the package.
Here are some of our top tips to help you on the path to stress less:
AVOID CAFFEINE AND ALCOHOL
The stimulant effects these have on the body increase your level of stress rather than lower it. Focus on a nutritious diet that is low in refined sugars to avoid the energy crashes which can lead to irritability and tiredness.
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The surge of stress hormones pumping through our bodies, often on a regular basis, is not doing us any good! By doing regular exercise that works up a sweat, we can calm the body and the mind and the endorphins that are released will boost your mood no end!
Yes, it can be a vicious cycle with those stressful thoughts that stop us entering the world of slumber, but there are some things we can do to help. Make sure your bedroom is a calm, tranquil haven, turn off devices well before bedtime, try taking a warm bath or reading a few pages of an undemanding book to gently switch your brain to sleep mode.
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RELAXATION IS KEY
and it is also a skill that needs to be learned. Meditation or mindfulness can help to focus your mind and quieten those stressful voices. Regular yoga practice is also an excellent way to learn the skills of relaxation.
We often agree to take on more work or more commitments when we just don’t have the bandwidth to do much more. Learn to say no and give yourself some room to breathe.
There are many ways that we can manage stress in our lives – it can feel like it’s just one more thing to do and put it in the too hard basket. But the physical response stress has on the body can lead to all sorts of problems, both mentally and physically. Make yourself the number 1 priority – restore your health and wellbeing and enjoy life to the max!