The rise in busy and hectic lifestyles means that stress is very common in the UK. For some, it is a minor thing that comes and goes throughout the day, but for others, it is much more serious and can lead to depression.
There are many causes of stress, but the most common ones, according to some research appear to be financial and relationship problems; although issues at work can also cause people to become stressed.
There are things you can do to help you deal with the stresses of life, and in turn, prevent it from becoming more serious.
Take Deep Breathes
Simple as it sounds, this one really helps. As soon as you start to feel any sign of stress, take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds and then exhale. Repeating this three or four times will calm your body and your mind and help the stress melt away.
There are so many breathing exercises you can do. If you suffer from stress regularly, practising daily will definitely help.
Have Long Hot Soak
A soak in a warm bath can make you feel so much calmer and is a great way to relieve stress. This is mainly from the warmth of the bath relaxing your muscles, and partly because a bath is some time just for you, which we all need. #MeTime
Listen To Some Music
Music is a wonderful way to relax; pop something soothing on and just sit back and listen. You will soon start to find that you are feeling better.
Gradually you’ll start to discover music that you will always associate with getting rid of your stress. Why not create your own relaxation play list on Spotify?
Ever Tried Green Tea?
There are some herbs that are known for their relaxing properties, green tea being a typical example. It’s super easy to find loose leaf green tea and it’s relatively inexpensive. Next time you feel stressed, pop the kettle on, get out your favourite mug and enjoy a nice hot cuppa.
If you’re prone to feeling stressed, avoid drinks with alcohol or caffeine, as they can both make your stress worse.
I’ll always be an advocate of exercising to reduce stress as this is my go-to when I’m feeling riled up.
Take a walk, go for a swim or head to a class and your body will release chemicals known as endorphins, which lift your mood. They send feel-good messages to your brain; you’d be surprised how little exercise it takes for this to happen!
Meditation Or Yoga #Namaste
Both meditation and yoga are awesome ways to relax. If you’ve never tried either before, then I’d definitely recommend getting on YouTube. There are some fantastic beginners videos online. You may need some practice to get them just right, but once you’ve given them a go a few times you’ll find them a huge help.
Talk About It
I cannot stress enough (no pun intended) the importance of talking about how you’re feeling. Opening up and talking about what is stressing you out can help relieve any internal pressure you may be putting on yourself.
Whether you’re stressing about work, your relationship, family, friends, your body image or anything else, try some of these steps to see if they take any of that weight off your shoulders.