Stress management should form an important part of your workplace health and wellness programmes, but we can help with this handy list of personal stress management tips and tools too:
Stress testing your life
Stress exists as part and parcel of our daily life. Physically, it manifests within your body as a response to danger or threats, but the causes behind it can vary from person to person. While an average level of stress can be a motivating force to keep you on top of your game. Too much stress, however, can have a detrimental effect on your physical and mental health. Elevated stress levels are often expected during demanding times, including when students are crunching for exams, or you’re preparing for a big presentation at work. Consistently elevated stress levels can lead to physical symptoms though, affecting your digestive system, sleep patterns, and more.
Keeping your stress levels in check should be a lifestyle priority. While everyone experiences different levels and types of stress in their lives, there are some common ways to help curb the effects of it. These include:
- Regular exercise: This helps to lift your mood, release tension, and keep your heart healthy.
- Human connection: Chatting to a friend, or spending relaxed time with your family helps to keep your stress levels in check.
- Eating well: We’re not saying ditch the treats! The 80/20 rule of nutrition should apply, but keeping mindful of what you eat can go a long way in helping you manage your stress levels.
- Get your shuteye: It’s a difficult paradox, because too little sleep can cause you to feel more stressed, while elevated stress levels can disrupt your natural sleeping patterns. Try your best to stick to a regular sleeping pattern.
- Manage your time: There are only 24 hours in a day and, despite every demand, you do need to rest too. Making time for yourself - whether that be half an hour spent reading a book every day, taking a yoga class, or a day trip to the spa - is imperative. Ditch the guilt and book your ‘me time’.
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