Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month? In fact, it has been since 1992. Stress is something that everyone experiences, and it’s actually really important. As humans, we have an inbuilt system that uses stress to manage our fight or flight response, which boosts our survival and long-term evolution. However, stress in high quantities can become unmanageable, and dangerous.

According to the Mental health Foundation 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. Stress is a significant factor in mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, and it is also linked to physical health problems such as heart disease, weakened immune system, insomnia and digestive problems.

It’s so important to be able to manage stress effectively in order to look after your mental health and overall wellbeing. In today’s blog post, we’re sharing some top tips for doing so…

  1. Exercise

You’ve probably heard it before, but exercising is one of the best ways to relieve stress. Plus, it’s great mood booster. Try to exercise at least two and a half hours every week. That could be a few 20 minute yoga classes, brisk walks around the block, or some fun Zumba classes. But remember that anything is better than nothing!

  1. Relax your muscles

Stress can cause muscle tension, so it’s important to relive some of that tension. Try stretching gently, or book a massage (once we’re allowed!). Enjoying a hot bath or shower can also work wonders.

  1. Eat a balanced diet

If all you’re eating is junk and processed food, your body won’t be able to handle stress as effectively. Make sure your diet includes lots of fruit and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein.

  1. Take some deep breaths

Get comfy, close your eyes and picture yourself somewhere really relaxing and peaceful. Take some slow, deep breaths in and out and repeat for five to ten minutes.

  1. Schedule in time for self care

Your mind needs to take some time off in order to deal with any stresses. Do something that you enjoy like meditating, reading your favourite book, watching a funny TV show or simply relaxing in the bath.

  1. Share what’s on your mind

‘A problem shared is a problem halved’. You’ve probably heard that saying before, and guess what? It’s true! Talk to family members, friends, your doctor, anyone you feel comfortable with about what’s worrying you.

  1. Identify your stress triggers

What is it that causes you stress? Is it your job? A particular person? Once you pinpoint what is causing you stress, see if you can eliminate or at least reduce them from your life.

  1. Read our book ‘8Wise Ways To A Healthier Happier Mind’!

Our new book (available now for preorder) can help you to put a plan in place to protect your mental health and wellbeing, ensuring that whatever is stressing you out, doesn’t lead to any mental health problems.


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