As Stress Awareness Week comes to an end, it may be a good idea to think about ways in which you can handle your stress and prevent it from affecting your day to day life. There are various proven ways to keep stress levels low, including meditation, exercise and diet. In this post, we will look at some tips and techniques for reducing stress.
Exercise and physical activity have been proven to produce endorphins which act as the body’s natural painkillers. Endorphins improve one’s ability to sleep and focus which can lead to reduced stress.
Getting enough exercise is vital to keep both your body and mind healthy. Regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease tension whilst stabilising mood. Even five minutes of exercise can stimulate your body’s anti-anxiety effect, keeping feelings of stress away.
When stress takes effect on the brain, the rest of the body feels the impact too. So if your body feels better, so will your mind.
When people think about stress-relief, the most popular activities include meditation, sleep or relaxing yoga poses. However, by eating a healthy diet you can reduce the negative effects of stress on your body every day.
Being stressed increases the likelihood of a poor diet; quick microwavable meals or junk food are more popular as comfort foods. But meal prepping can help you to maintain a great diet at all times, start the week by preparing your meals so with each day you don’t have to focus on making meals from scratch. By focusing on fixing your diet during these stressful times, you can actually lower the stress levels within your body.
Meditation has lots of great health benefits and is also a really effective way to relieve tensions as well as build resilience to stress over time. One study showed that when people in several high-pressure jobs practised meditation for stress, over 90% experienced a positive change in their stress levels as well as 75% experiencing improvement in problem-solving and wellbeing.
Putting in the effort to practising meditation could help transform stressful situations in your life.
Having a healthy work-life balance is important for reducing stress levels. New research from Esme finds that only 12% of employees aged 18-24 said they were happy with their work-life balance. Sometimes work can be the largest cause of stress for individuals, but there are ways to combat this.
It is important to practice some of these mindfulness techniques from time to time to keep stressful times from getting you down. If you do find yourself becoming overly stressed, it is always a good idea to talk to a friend, colleague or family member who can help.
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