How to manage stress

Stress affects us in a number of different ways, both physically and emotionally. Life challenges or situations can make you feel threatened or upset, this is when your body creates a stress response. There are many situations that can cause a person stress, such as relationships, work or money.

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So how can we manage and reduce stress?

The first step to managing and reducing stress would be to identify what it is that is causing the emotion, however stress affects everyone individually and not everybody will react the same way. Here are some common signs and symptoms you can look out for:

  • Worrying or anxious feeling
  • Overwhelmed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Loss of appetite
  • Depression
  • Low self-esteem
  • Change in sleeping pattern
  • Changes in mood

These are just a couple of signs you may be stressed, although they are not nice emotions to be experiencing it is a positive that you are able to identify your emotions. In order for you to take the next steps into getting yourself back on track.

To help manage and reduce your stress, here are 6 simple steps to help you…

Eating Healthy

There is growing evidence to prove how food affects our mood and how certain food we eat can improve our mood. Feelings of wellbeing can be protected by ensuring that our diet provides adequate amounts of brain nutrients such as essential vitamins and minerals, as well as water.

Reduce smoking and drinking alcohol

Smoking and drinking alcohol may reduce the tension temporarily, however may make you feel worse in the long run. Be extra careful when it comes to smoking and drinking alcohol. Try not to, or reduce the amount you smoke and drink alcohol.

Exercise well

It is a common knowledge that exercising well can relieve stress. Exercising releases hormones in the body known as endorphins, this helps bump up the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, which will also have a positive effect on your self-esteem, and reduce stress.

Take time out

Make sure you have some time to relax. It is important to have a balance between responsibility to others and responsibility to yourself.

Sleep well

Sleep is vital when it comes down to your physical and mental emotions. Lack of sleep may have an impact on your body feeling too tired too consider the above statements. Try to relax and get at good amount of rest each night.

Don't be too hard on yourself

We can all have our bad days - its only natural. Don't be too hard on yourself and try to keep things into perspective, not everything will always go the way you want them to.



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