26 Tips to Beat The Stress Factor
It’s National Stress Awareness Week and as the nation’s stress levels continue to rise we’ve gathered 26 top tips to beat the stress factor and help you deal with the everyday stresses you may be experiencing. There are also some tools at the bottom for you to assess your stress levels.
Sometimes we battle on through, unaware of why we’re feeling the way we do.
“In the past year, 74% of people in the UK have felt so stressed they have been unable to cope with everyday life, and research has shown that around 12 million adults in the UK see their GP with mental health problems each year with stress-related anxiety and depression.” (LondonPost.co.uk)
So, here are our 26 top tips to beat the stress factor:
- Have a good cry once a week
Rather than laughter, sleep or a warm cup of coffee, one Japanese academic claims that the most beneficial way to relieve stress is to shed a tear – or several once a week (Independent.co.uk)
- Have a good laugh – with friends, a tv or radio show, let yourself go and go with it, feel the release and don’t hold back. For more ideas to get your silly side back – ideas on how to laugh more!
- Exercise: any exercise can help and release your endorphins; yoga, in particular, is a well-known stress reliever.
- Get outdoors: One of my favourite ways to de-stress is to get to the beach. In most weathers, the beach is an instant mood lifter
- Use some natural remedies: such as Kava Root, Lavender, Chamomile
- Meditation – your brain needs to wind down and have some time out
- Positivity – as Prince said. Take a positive view on things and it always seems better
- Practice Mindfulness – try and live in the present moment and enjoy it.What is mindfulness?
It can be easy to rush through life without stopping to notice much – let’s try to stop and take a moment.
“Paying more attention to the present moment – to your own thoughts and feelings, and to the world around you – can improve your mental wellbeing.
Some people call this awareness “mindfulness”. Mindfulness can help us enjoy life more and understand ourselves better. You can take steps to develop it in your own life. “ (NHS website)
- Music – Good for the soul and mental wellbeing
- Physical Intimacy – the most basic thing of all human touch is a great stimulant physically and mentally
- Deep breathing – the simple act of taking some slow deep breaths
“First take a deep breath, or two. Remember, even if you can’t control the event causing the stress, you do have some control over your response to it. As an old Yiddish saying goes, “You can’t control the wind; but you can adjust your sails.”Mindy Greenstein, Ph.D.
- Light a candle, use essential oils
- Accept that you can’t control everything – this act of realisation will instantly lift some of the pressure you may feel
- Reduce your caffeine intake – we all have different stress levels, but caffeine is well known for increasing adrenaline, affecting your cortisol levels, also known as stress hormone and Adenosine levels (helps you stay calm)
- Make a list – take control of what you need to do, the act of writing it down instantly helps you feel like your making progress and tackling what needs to be done.
- Chew some Gum – the act of chewing has been shown to not only may relieve stress, but studies have suggested chewing gum can also increase alertness and blood flow in the brain.
- Learn to say No – Manage your to-do list at work and at home, have you got time to do that extra thing now, you can’t do everything. Delegate!
- Try not to procrastinate – this sense of delay only makes thing worse, so take action and Just do it!
- Spend Time with Friends and Family – social time with your nearest and dearest who know you and love you for who you are, you’ll get laughs, tears and hugs – the ultimate stress buster!
- Get a pet – specifically stroking and playing with a dog, has been scientifically proven to slow the heart rate and reduce blood pressure. Interaction with any animals is known to make us feel better. If you can’t get your own – Rent a dog or visit the Pause Cat Café in Bournemouth.
- Reduce the Tech
We all know that technology is taking over our lives and we need to make sure we manage it and use it to our benefits – so here are some tips just for dealing with the tech overload!
- Review your Screen Time
Do you really know how much screen time you have on a daily basis? Many phones now have screen time tools to monitor your usage, showing you how you use your phone – with categories for creativity, productivity and Social Networking – check yours!
- As well as ‘Downtime’, ‘Book time’ to use your phone or Ipad
I’ve had moments when I’ve realised I need to switch off from my phone or ipad and to do that I need to literally put it out of sight or put it on mute. Try to check your phone every few hours, for 5 minutes. Then put it away.
Use tools like newsfeedburner to avoid the distractions if you do need to look at Facebook LinkedIn or YouTube for work reasons…
- Turn off
We need to get things into perspective – the FOMO is damaging our health. When did it become so necessary to know what’s going on all the time? Step away from the barrage of news, social media and give your mind some room to breath.
- Try another way
Put the phone down and make a phone call, don’t email or text, have a chat – crazy hey!
- Sort your settings
Turn off the notifications for email, What’s app, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, texts, Snapchat, eBay, Amazon, news, games, diary alerts, LinkedIn, software updates, health apps, podcasts, youtube, Google alerts, bank alerts, facetime, google photos –I feel stressed already… :0)