Stress has a very important role to play in our day to day lives. Not enough and our body is under stimulated and too much can result in headaches and high blood pressure, which can lead to psychological problems and even an increased risk of heart attack or stroke.
The trick is getting the balance right. Learning to use the higher levels of stress to our advantage in in our daily lives and recognising when our body is under stimulated and there may be a deeper problem to why you can’t get out of bed!
There are ways to reduce stress and below we share out top stress busters.
Get active, at your level and in your way. This might be walking to work, getting out of the office at lunchtime, joining a park run or taking part in a regular sporting activity.
Me time, when you focus on just you! This might be time spent with the family with no distractions (turn that mobile off) or perhaps booking a regular massage. It could be one night a week when someone else feeds and baths the kids or you finish work early to meet friends.
Ditch those unhealthy habits! Tobacco, caffeine and alcohol all used to reduce stress are well known to increase stress so why not give one up! Okay that sounds really tough – but with help and support you will see the benefit.
Get more sleep or better sleep. You will be surprised at the difference a good night’s sleep will make – go to bed earlier and see for yourself. Think about what is keeping you awake at night and take a positive step to address.
Take control of your time. How many times have you said ‘I don’t know where the time goes’? We all have the same amount of hours in the day, it is what we give our attention to and how we prioritise that will release you from the time drain we often find ourselves.
Massage is one of the oldest and simplest of treatments, and is a natural way of releasing tension and pain that is being held in the body, which has often occurred as a result of stress. You don’t need to be unwell to benefit and it can help to improve sleep, reduce anxiety, improve concentration and reduce fatigue – the benefits are endless