Manage Stress With These 10 Easy Tips
We would all like to be Super Woman and, thanks to scientific research to prove that we are in fact better multitaskers than men, there is a stigma that we should be. We wake up, get ready for work, brush our teeth whilst watching GMB, then bomb out the front door while still finishing our toast - also replying to our friends in the group chat as we are thinking about what we are going to eat for dinner that night. It is a crazy life but it is our reality and the speed in which our society runs at.
It can be hard sometimes to find the time to even complain about it!
Our lives involve a combination of managing our career, our relationships, our health and our chores - all while still finding time to explore our passions. And, as much as we like to try and juggle it all, sometimes it can get to the point where not even time can be stretched that much and that is when we get stressed!
We spoke to Dr Caroline Harris, in-house psychologist at My Possible Self, about the key strategies she swears by to help you reduce stress;
Try to identify which situations lead you to experience stress. Can you reduce these situations? If you can’t, how can you manage your response better?
Accept that you will not be able to control or change everything that causes stress in your life.
If you can, improve your time management - this will remove unnecessary stress.
Maintain a healthy, balanced diet - this will help regulate your emotional and physical responses.
If you aren’t sleeping well you may become more stressed, but if you can get back into a good routine this will help you deal with the stresses around you.
Getting regular exercise can help reduce stress levels.
Regular relaxation, mindfulness and breathing exercises incorporated into your daily routine will allow you to reset your stress levels.
Sharing your worries with family and friends will help them help you, and they may even have some good suggestions on how you can reduce your current stress levels.
Plan regular breaks, or holidays - taking time out will ensure your overall stress levels don’t get too high.
Build positive experiences into your life - spending time on your interests, hobbies and enjoying social time will allow you to rest.
Seeking professional advice
Remember, if you are struggling with stress and can’t seem to manage it on your own, reach out to a professional. Be open and honest with the GP/Clinician, describe your feelings and keep it factual – you could even keep a diary of your symptoms.