Everyone gets overwhelmed every once in a while, especially at the moment whilst trying to juggle work, family life, other commitments and also navigating a pandemic and preparations in the lead up to Christmas.
This added pressure can lead to feelings of stress which can affect people in a number of different ways, both physically and mentally, at different intensities.
Today, 3rd November 2021, marks Stress Awareness Day but we are well aware that mental health and stresses need to be spoken about every day as a normal part of conversation.
Therefore, we have compiled our top ways to help combat the feelings of stress this winter and how to help stay in control of our mental wellbeing.
5 Ways To Keep On Top of Stress
1. Write a list
Writing down things you need to do or remember is a great way to alleviate feelings of chaos and stress as you can start to visualise things in an ordered manner. It can also feel good to see what you’ve accomplished as you tick tasks off that you have completed.
2. Talk about it
Talking about your worries and stress with a family member or friend can feel like a weight has been lifted off your shoulders. A problem shared is a problem halved and they may be able to offer advice on how to minimise your stress or reassurance that in fact, you are doing a great job.
If you’re feeling particularly stressed out and want to talk to trained people ready to listen, try phoning:
Samaritans: 116 123
Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM): 0800 58 58 58
3. Take time out for yourself
Set time aside to do something that you enjoy. Whether that’s reading a book, watching your favourite TV show or pampering yourself, even just for a short 15-20 minutes. Doing something you enjoy can help make you feel good, relieve some stress and change your mindset.
4. Get some winter fresh air
Getting outside has a variety of benefits. For one, getting a breath of fresh air can increase oxygen into the body and can help improve brain function, especially if you’ve been working inside all day. Being outside can also increase the consumption of Vitamin D which is an essential nutrient for healthy brain function. Other physiological evidence suggests that being outside lowers your heart rate which can help reduce feelings of stress.
Participating in exercise can help the body release endorphins which are chemicals that signal to the brain to relieve stress and pain. Even 10 minutes of walking can help increase our mental alertness, energy and promote a positive mood. Furthermore, exercising in a group or playing a team sport can help with social interaction which is also a known way to help improve your mood.
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