There are many reasons that we can feel stressed. It can be triggered by relationships, money worries, your job, the list goes on. Whilst a small amount of stress can be good for us, large amounts of stress for long periods of time can be detrimental to our health, both physical and mental. In order to understand stress, in terms of our triggers and how we can manage it, it’s important to look at the core wellness elements in our 8Wise™️ model. In today’s blog post, we’re going to be taking you through just that…
We all know that exercise is a great stress reliever, and a simple walk around the block can help you to feel better. However, there are other factors to do with your physical health that could be contributing to your stress levels. For example, poor sleep can lead to an inability to process and manage stress efficiently. In addition to this, stress can lead to insomnia. A healthy and balanced diet is also essential for helping our body to manage the physiological changes caused by stress.
Your environment has huge affects on us, both physically and mentally. For example, have you ever felt overwhelmed and stressed out by a cluttered desk or an untidy room? Make sure your personal environment is calming, clean and tidy. Spending time in nature and green spaces is also a great way to help reduce stress levels.
Relationships can be a huge source of stress. A difficult parent, a toxic relationship, or a challenging friendship can cause strain and affect your mental health. However, when you surround yourself with people who support and love you, it becomes easier to manage your stress levels as you can talk through any problems without judgement or fear.
We spend most of our waking hours at work or working, yet so many people cite their job as a huge reason for feeling stressed. It’s helpful to identify what’s causing stress at work so you can work to resolve the issues – is it your colleagues, the workload, the nature of the job? It’s always best to reach out to your manager, boss or HR if you are feeling really stressed at work. Other helpful things are to practice breathing techniques, take small breaks throughout the day, and make sure you’re taking annual leave.
One of the biggest triggers of stress is money. Money worries can cause stress, and in turn stress can make it difficult to make money – it can become a vicious cycle. If you’re struggling with your finances, take a read of our blog about how to manage your money.
If you aren’t living a life that reflects your values and believes, it can lead to unhappiness and stress. It’s important to identify your core values, whether that’s community, being creative, helping others, and ensure that you incorporate them into your daily life.
When you experience Intellectual Wellness, you are constantly improving your critical thinking skills and problem-solving skills. These are vital skills for managing stress, and even for working through issues to solve them before they can cause you any stress.
Your ability to manage your stress levels comes from your Emotional Wellness. Emotional Wellness is about finding the balance between feeling and expressing emotions effectively and in a healthy way. Developing effective stress management techniques and understanding your ow