Are you keen to discover some helpful tips to manage stress?
On a daily basis, many of us juggle a multitude of responsibilities – from childcare to full-time jobs.
When experienced over time, stress can have damaging effects on the body. In this blog, we’re taking a look at some easy yet effective ways you can manage stress on a daily basis:
Tips to Manage Stress: Engage in Mindful Breathing
Perhaps one of the easiest ways to manage stress is by taking note of your breathing techniques.
Whether you’re enjoying a walk in your local park, or you’re simply reading a book, try to become consciously aware of your breathing. Focusing on this simple activity can help to take your mind away from any intrusive thoughts.
Create a sense of inner peace by slowing down your breathing and taking deep breaths. Try to do this several times each day to feel long-term calming benefits.
Try Yoga and/or Meditation
Have you ever tried yoga?
An ancient practice, yoga is widely appreciated for its ability to calm and relax the body, whilst offering significant health benefits. The stretches and movements help to improve blood flow throughout the body and tone the muscles.
Yoga can be adapted to suit any ability; whether you’re a beginner or an experienced yogi, each stretch can be adapted to suit.
Try some simple stretches at first, and then when you’re feeling a little more flexible, you can advance on to more challenging routines. If you’d like to practise at home, you can access plenty of yoga videos via free online platforms, such as YouTube.
To ease yourself into mindful practices, you may like to start with meditation. We’d recommend listening to a guided tutorial at first to introduce you to some effective techniques. Through meditation, you’ll learn how to put your thoughts aside to focus on the most simple aspects of life – from the simple act of breathing to the nature that surrounds you.
Tips to Manage Stress: Do Something You Love Every Day
No matter how busy you may be with work and/or daily responsibilities, try to allow yourself some time for doing something you love.
Our hobbies help to separate us from activities that may cause us stress, giving us the space and time to be present in the moment.
Whether that’s simply watching your favourite TV show or baking something delicious, it’s important to set aside time for activities that bring you joy.
Create an Effective Night Routine
A healthy sleep schedule is an incredibly important part of reducing stress in your day-to-day life.
If you regularly struggle to fall asleep, try to establish a routine that will help you to feel calm and relaxed in the few hours before bedtime.
Whether that’s soaking in a warm bath, reading a book or making yourself a herbal tea, find some activities that make you feel peaceful. It’s also a good idea to avoid overstimulation by cutting down on screen time throughout the evening.
Tips to Manage Stress: Try to Eat a Healthy Diet
Take a little time to think about your daily diet.
Do you eat as healthily as you’d like to? Often, when life gets busy, it can be easy to snack on convenience foods which, typically, are high in salt and sugar.
Dedicate some time to planning a week of meals and snacks for your family. Try to make them as healthy as possible – and if you’re struggling for ideas, try searching the internet for inspiration.
Including a few plant-based meals will help you ensure that you’re nourishing your body with enough vitamins and minerals to support your mental and physical health. Try to snack on fruit and nuts, too; as part of an anti-inflammatory diet, these can help to reduce levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) in the body.
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