Natural Stress Relief
If you think you are experiencing chronic stress, then go to your GP for advice, but there are also ways to relieve stress yourself. Natural stress relief includes:
Exercising: Being active is one of the best ways you can reduce stress. Exercising helps to clear your thoughts, improve quality of sleep, lower cortisol (a stress hormone) and improve confidence. Yoga and meditation are especially recommended as they provide a sense of relaxation and space to gather your thoughts.
Taking control of the situation: It might be easier said than done but letting the stressful situation win won’t help – there usually is a solution. It can help to sit down and think of ways you can take control again. This feeling of empowerment may help reduce the weight on your shoulders.
Staying connected to friends and family: Close friends and family can tremendously help with stress. They can calm you down and remind you that a situation isn’t as bad as you think, so it’s important to be honest and open up to them about your feelings. Partaking in social activities with others can also lead to laughter and, as a consequence, endorphins – a massive stress reliever.
Have time alone: It’s important to have some ‘me time’. Make sure you switch off your work phone and emails at least a few times during the week to focus on yourself. As discussed, socialising, relaxing and exercising are massive stress relievers so make time for them.
Stay away from short-term relievers: Caffeine, alcohol and smoking are all bad for stress, however, you might find that they provide short term relief. In the long run, these habits are only making your stress worse. Instead, focus on methods that will help for a long period of time, rather than a quick fix.
Learn to accept it: Sometimes, there are things you just cannot change. The sooner you accept this, the sooner you’ll be able to be proactive and deal with the factors that you can change. Try not to get stuck in a rut, be positive and know that you’re doing the best that you can.