With the amount of things we all have going on in our daily lives a bit of stress is unfortunate but inevitable. However unless stress is controlled it can have a detrimental effect on both our mind and body. If the stress we endure becomes greater than our ability to cope it can really affect our quality of life. With only one life we want the best from it so I have decided to share some tips and tricks to control our stress levels so we as whole do not let stress overwhelm our lives.
There are several different ways to deal with stress. Also, stress affects everyone differently so a good first step in managing stress is to become aware of how it affects you.
Identify early warning signs: Learn to notice the signs in your body that indicate stress is becoming a problem. This can include muscle tension, headaches, poor sleep or being irritable.
Identify your triggers: A situation that causes one person to become over-stressed may not be a problem for another. It can help to write a list of the situations that tend to affect you.
Once you feel you are on the way to stress city here are a few ideas to calm the storm.
1 - Be careful about what you eat and drink
Try to eat a well balanced diet, eating at least three regular meals a day. Eat foods which will release energy slowly and are likely to have a calming effect. Food or drink high in sugar may give you instant energy, but in the long term may wind you up leaving you feeling more nervy and edgy than you did before.
2 -Get enough sleep
Make sure that you get plenty of rest; six to eight hours a night are recommended. If getting to sleep is a problem, ensure that you have at least a half an hour break from any technology ie phone or facebook before you go to bed.. Use this break to do anything relaxing which will take your mind off your daily issues. If you feel you are having issues getting to sleep try having a soak in the bath, sip some camomile tea or practice meditation.
3 - Take regular exercise
Exercising regularly will not only help to keep you physically healthy, but also uses up the hormones and nervous energy produced when you are stressed. Exercise will also help to relax the muscles which become tense when you are stressed, and, as exercise increases the blood flow around the body, it can help you to think more clearly. It does not have to be rigorous exercise but half an hour in the fresh air daily will make a huge difference.
4 - Control your breathing
If you notice that you are starting to feel very stressed, try to regulate your breathing by concentrating on breathing out to a slow count of four.
5 - Make time for fun
Build leisure time on a regular basis. Find a hobbie that really captures your mind and that you enjoy. Get involved in a non-academic activity, such as sports, crafts, hobbies or music. Anything that you find relaxing or enjoyable which will give you a break from thinking or worrying about your work or life will be beneficial.
6 - Massage
As simple as it sounds massage is an amazing way to unwind and relax it can have great effects on stress levels.
“It may seem like the ultimate indulgence, but a massage is actually good for your health. It can reduce your stress, but it also seems to play its own separate role in lowering chronic inflammation. Studies have shown that after just one 45-minute session of massage, the levels of hormones that promote inflammation are significantly reduced in the body”