When we’re young summer would mean weeks of time off to relax and spend time with friends. We’d break up from school or university and have what felt like all the time in the world to unwind. Because of this, we’re hardwired into thinking that summer is always meant to be a relaxing time. Unfortunately, with full time work, the kids off school, often forking out for expensive trips, extra work to prepare for time off and catching up when we’re back in the office, summer can be stressful! If you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed this summer, don’t worry – there’s nothing wrong with you and you’re definitely not alone. However, stress can cause long term health problems such as depression and anxiety, increased risk of heart disease and more, so it’s important to manage your stress effectively.

Here are some ways you can de-stress this summer.

  1. Stay Hydrated

Summer can mean cocktails with friends, a glass of wine in the garden after work – but it’s important to make sure you’re drinking lots of water too! Even just mild hydration can cause us to feel tired and can cause headaches meaning we’re less equipped to manage stress. Try and drink eight glasses of water a day.

  1. Head Outside

Spending time in nature has been shown to reduce stress levels, so try and get outside in it every day! Whether you’re hiking up a mountain, walking along the coast, heading to the woods or taking a stroll in your local park it’s guaranteed to help you de-stress.

  1. Exercise Regularly

One of the most effective stress busters there is – exercise! Working out releases endorphins that make us feel good, and when we feel good we’re less likely to be stressed out, and we’re more equipped to manage any stresses that come our way.

  1. Take Deep Breaths

Spending some time every day to practice mindful, deep breathing does wonders for your stress levels. If you’re feeling stressed out, simply stop what you’re doing, close your eyes and take some deep breaths. Breath in for four, hold for two and exhale for four seconds. Deep breathing works to alter the oxygen and CO2 levels in the brain, causing your stress hormone levels to drop.

  1. Say No

Summer is often the time we make lots of plans and receive lots of invites to do things. But remember that you don’t need to say yes to everything and everyone. Sometimes all you want to do is curl up on the sofa and watch Netflix for an evening, and that’s ok! In fact, taking the time to recharge is essential.

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