How important is it to find ways to manage stress?
NHS Choices defines Stress as: “The feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure.” “People have different ways of reacting to stress, so a situation that feels stressful to one person may be motivating to someone else.”
- reduce the pressure
- increase your ability to cope.
How To Manage Stress
1. Take some exercise
Try to raise your heart rate for 30 minutes at least every other day. This could be anything from a brisk walk to jogging, going to the gym, swimming and so on. Not only does it put those stress hormones to good use, it’s good for your health and fitness too. Research shows that both of these can benefit your ability to cope.
2. Eat a healthier diet
Even small changes can help. We often find that in stressful times, we eat ‘comfort food’. Our unconscious mind associates certain foods with the love and affection of childhood. We crave chocolate, biscuits, cakes & fast food. These take us back to our childhood when someone was looking after us.
3. Make time to relax
There’s a lot of research about how mindfulness can help you cope. I created this therapy based mindfulness mp3. Many people just like you have found it beneficial in reducing stress. If meditation is for you, then this is a good place to look. It’s great value for money too!
5. Take micro-breaks
Whatever your day holds, however busy it might seem to be, there are always times you can sneak in just for you. Anything from 30 seconds upwards is enough. It all counts.
Here are some ways you can sneak in a micro-break:
- Walk to the drinks machine/water fountain without your phone.
- Have a chat with a colleague about anything except work
- Take a 60 second time out in the short space between meetings (Here’s a great video to show you how)
- Do 2 minutes of gentle stretching at your desk.
- When you get in your car, sit on the bus or train, spend a few moments just breathing quietly.
If you want to improve your relationship with stress and the pressures of modern living, just get in touch. Like many others before you, you’ll discover a world where negative stress melts away.