Posted on March 23, 2017 by Kim Mead

Modern lifestyle is so hectic and full of stress: meeting deadlines at work, traffic, appointments, long work hours, family issues, money and not enough time in the day to do everything without becoming frustrated and stressed.

Unfortunately, stress affects your life and your body more than you are probably aware due to our system’s hormonal response and release of the cortisol hormone. It is very important to reduce cortisol levels for our mental and physical health. Here are some favourite and enjoyable tips on how to cope with stress:

1) Avoid Caffeine, Alcohol and Nicotine
According to Skills You Need’s website (2017), caffeine and nicotine act as stimulants which increase a person’s level of stress rather than reducing it. Alcohol is a depressant in large quantities and a stimulant in small quantities.

2) Be Active
The NHS (2017) recommend physical activity because it will help clear the mind and allow you to deal with issues in a calm manner. Something as simple as going for a 20 to 40 minute walk can help with relaxation.

3) Meditate
Find time for even 10 minutes of meditation. This allows the mind to be more grounded and helps with a reduction of anxiety. You can sit quietly with your eyes closed, imagining sights, sounds and smells.

4) Accept things that you can’t change
Trying to alter challenging situations is not always possible, but by letting go and focusing on things we can control we can allow ourselves to feel less stressed.

5) Sleep
The correct amount of sleep is critical to stress reduction. Aim for about 7-9 hours a night.

6) Manage your time
We have the best intentions to get everything done but Rome wasn’t built in a day. Form a “To-Do” list and prioritise tasks (Skills you need, 2017).

7) Enjoy your free time
Find an activity or hobby you enjoy, make even a small effort each day to pursue it. This will help to provide a good balance between your work and lifestyle.

8) Good quality nutrition
Avoid snacking on junk food as this can provide us low quality energy which can leave us feeling lethargic. Good quality food can provide us a healthy lease of life which can help us cope with stressful situations.

9) Determine what you can control
Focusing on things you can’t control will lead to increased stress; try to focus on what you can control and see if you can make improvements.

10) Try to connect with other people
Having someone close to you when you are going through a stressful time can be a positive as you have someone to support you and potentially bring some positive energy.

Dickens Yard Spa Team

References

Read more at: https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/stress-tips.html

https://www.skillsyouneed.com/ps/stress-tips.html

http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/Pages/reduce-stress.aspx

MD Ponton, L. (2017) https://psychcentral.com/lib/20-tips-to-tame-your-stress/