Let’s talk about talk stress.
How many of us feel stressed or recognise when our bodies are trying to tell us that we’re stressed?
Stress can manifest itself as a headache, a rapid heartbeat, aches and pains, stomach and bowel issues, insomnia, frequent illnesses and lack of sex drive.
Limit alcohol and nicotine and caffeine.
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants so will increase your stress levels rather that help them.
Alcohol is small measures may provide a temporary relief to stress but ultimately alcohol acts as a depressant.
Try having caffeine free drinks such as herbal tea and water to stay hydrated.
When your body is hydrated it will cope better with all aspects of life.
Adrenaline and cortisol levels can become elevated when the body is stressed so exercise is the perfect way to counteract its effects.
If you can’t get to a class or the gym take a brisk walk or run up a flight of stairs.
Getting more sleep will help relieve stress but if your stressed you’ll most like have problems falling asleep or staying asleep.
Try to limit phone use and watching tv at least two hours before your bedtime.
Make your bedroom an appropriate space for sleeping so no tv or bright lights and keep them temperature between 16-18 degrees for optimal sleeping conditions.
Try to relax before going into the bedroom by having a warm bath or doing some mindful colouring.
Guided meditation can also help alleviate stress and help you to fall asleep.
Aim for the same bedtime so you have some consistency so that your mind and body are in a predictable routine.
Talking about your stress is extremely beneficial, be it to a friend, colleague or stranger it helps put things into perspective.
Writing your thoughts and feelings down on paper can help ease the burden of the stress but can help identify triggers and possibly help you find a way of coping.
Managing your time and making lists can help bring order to your life as well as prioritising important tasks over things that can be done at a later date.
We often try to fit too much into our lives and over commit to things in order to keep others happy.
Putting yourself first and saying no will ease pressure and give you sense of control.
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All the best
the YourStyle team.