5 Ways To Manage Stress Effectively

Stress is defined as a state of mental tension and worry caused by problems in your personal or professional lives. I think we can all agree that we have all felt stressed at some stage in our lives (for those who don’t agree, lucky you!). It’s an uncomfortable feeling, and it can affect your performance and wellbeing.

Learning to manage stress in a healthy way is extremely important to your quality of life. Here are five top tips to help identify and manage stress:

1. Identify the triggers

Understanding and recognising what causes you to feel stressed is the first stage in helping you combat this feeling. Everything from money worries, relationship problems, lack of sleep, parenting and a heavy workload are all universal stressors that the majority of the population experience from time to time.

I suggest keeping a journal for a week or two, writing down the specific things that make you feel stressed and review this journal after this time. You should be able to identify common things/actions that keep appearing and making you stressed.

2. Take a break from the stressors

Once you’ve identified these stressors, it will make it easier to deal with tackling them. Make a conscious effort to take a break from these stressors or reduce your exposure to them.

I know it can be hard to take a break from studying or a heavy workload but it is important for your mental health to be able to walk away even for twenty minutes to refocus and decrease the overwhelming feeling that can be generated from stressful situations.

3. Eat healthy and exercise regularly

“Healthy mind. Healthy body” – These two things go hand in hand! Fuelling your body with fresh, healthy food will better your mood and give you consistent energy throughout the day. Try to avoid refined sugar and processed foods as these often cause spikes in blood sugar levels. If your blood sugar levels are uneven this causes increased mood swings therefore increasing stress levels.

Exercise has been scientifically proven to reduce stress. During physical activity the body produces endorphins. Endorphins are chemicals in your brain that trigger a positive feeling in your body. There are a number of positive effects from endorphins, a main one being stress reduction.

4. Relaxation therapy

The aim of relaxation therapy is to relax the mind and reduce stress. There are a number of techniques you can practise throughout your day, such as taking five minutes in the morning when you wake up and trying simple breathing techniques, meditation and visualisation. As a beginner there are a number of apps that you can download for free to get you started practicing relaxation therapy.

A couple of the free applications that I would recommend to download are; Headspace, Calm or Take a Break!

5. LOL (Laugh Out Loud)

Sometimes, “laughter is the best medicine”. Research has proven that laughing reduces the production of the stress hormone, cortisol, in your body. I would encourage you to laugh at your friend’s jokes, watch a comedy movie after a tough day at work or go to a comedy gig to help reduce stress and make you happier!

Practising these tips will aid you with managing and relieving any stress that you feel throughout your daily lives. Always remember “your health is your wealth” – be mindful of this!

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