Did you know that April is Stress Awareness Month?
This is to raise awareness of the causes and cures of modern day stress.
Stress can be defined as any type of change that causes physical, emotional or psychological strain. Stress is your body’s response to anything that requires attention or action from adverse or demanding circumstances.
It’s no surprise that stress can be very damaging for both our mind and body, and we should all be taking small steps to identify our core stressors and how we can reduce these for better overall wellness.
Here are six different methods I utilise to reduce stress in my day to life. Hopefully these will support you on your journey to live in a calmer, more managed way:
SUPPORTIVE PEOPLE: Talking face to face with another person releases hormones that reduce stress. Lean on those good listeners in your life.
PRACTICE MEDITATION: Relaxation techniques activate a state of restfulness that counterbalances your body’s fight-or-flight hormones.
BUILD IN REGULAR EXERCISE: Moving your body on a regular basis balances the nervous system and increases blood circulation, helping to flush out stress hormones. A daily 20-minute walk makes a difference.
EAT WELL: Well-nourished bodies cope better, so start with a good breakfast, add more organic fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods and sugar, and drink more water.
MAKE SOME HOBBY TIME: Engage in activities that bring you pleasure and joy; research shows that it reduces stress by almost half and lowers your heart rate too.
SLEEP: If you get less than seven to eight hours of sleep your body won’t tolerate stress as well as it could. Make sure you get your sleep!
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