The Unavoidable Elephant in the Room: Stress

The Unavoidable Elephant in the Room: Stress
12 November 2018
It’s an unavoidable part of our modern lifestyles, but one that can be managed effectively.

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.

Stress management
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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