We all feel stressed from time to time. Maybe you’re under pressure in your job, you’ve had an argument with a family member, or perhaps you have money worries. Stress is normal, however, it’s important to know how to manage stress before it gets worse and starts to affect your daily life. Stress impacts us both physically and emotionally, and it can negatively affect your wellbeing. If you’re experiencing excessive stress you may have the following symptoms:
- Feeling overwhelmed
- Lack of concentration
- Change in appetite
- Change in sleeping habits
- Substance abuse
- Muscle tension
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Low libido
Here are some of our top tips to manage stress levels:
- Stick to a balanced diet
There is lots of research suggesting that food can affect our mood. Make sure your diet includes the essential vitamins and minerals for brain function, and drink lots of water. Foods such as whole grains, avocados, fish, nuts, citrus fruits and strawberries have been shown to help reduce stress.
Physically activity is a great way to relieve stress. It doesn’t even need to be high intensity – simply heading out for a walk and getting some fresh air can work wonders.
- Schedule some ‘me time’
Make sure you’re taking time out for yourself and practice self care. It’s essential for your mental health and stress levels to take a break. Run yourself a bubble bath or curl up with a good book.
- Get enough sleep
Try and get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep a night as your body can’t deal with feelings of stress when it’s tired. You can read our blog post about getting a good night’s sleep HERE.
- Talk it out
Speak to family or friends about the stress your experiencing. A friendly voice can help to put things in perspective – a problem shared is a problem halved, after all!
- Drink green tea
Green tea contains healthy antioxidants and theanine which is an amino acid that has a calming effect on your nervous system.
- Practice breathing exercises
Breathing deeply is great for bringing tensions down and making you feel more relaxed. We have shared a whole blog post about different breathing exercises which you can read HERE.
If you’re feeling stressed and would like some support, get in touch with Dalton Wise today and we can help you to improve your wellbeing.