Today is 7th November, aka National Stress Awareness day. We all are aware of what stress is and at some point we have all been stressed before…it’s just a part of life. But being overwhelmed by stress can lead to some major mental health problems or it can make existing problems even worse.
National Stress Awareness Day allows us to take a step back and think about our wellbeing and find advice or support on how to deal with stress. Here at MTC we have created some top tips on how to manage with stress.
Stressful situations increase the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol in your body. Physical exercise can be used as a replacement to metabolise the immoderate stress hormones and bring back your body and mind be more relaxed and calmer. If you’re feeling stressed go for a walk around the block, soak in the fresh air! Try to include some physical activity into your daily routine, go for a walk before or after work or even on your lunch break. Also exercising will help you to sleep better at night.
Stop with the late nights! This is will not help you or your work at all your quality of work will decrease and you are not working to your true potential. Instead, maximise your relaxation before going to sleep, put your phone down at least an hour before bed. Don’t drink caffeine during the evening or drinking a lot of alcohol if you know this leads to a interrupted sleep. Try taking a warm bath and reading a book that isn’t demanding and allow your muscles to rest, and try and forget about the day you have just had. Also try and go to sleep at the same time every day get your mind and body into a routine.
Talk to someone
This may seem obvious to some people, but talking about how you’re feeling can really benefit you. Talking about it can release some of that built up tension making you seem calmer, or even just talking to some not about what is affecting you can also benefit you as it is distracting you from your stressful thoughts.
Stress can cloud your judgement and you may not make the best decisions because of how stressful you are feeling. Talking to a friend, work colleague or a trained professional, can help you find solutions to you stress and put your problems into perspective.
Learn to say no
This is extremely important. One of the leading causes of stress is trying to do too much in a little amount of time. A lot of us will say yes to additional tasks when we already have a lot on our plate, learning to say no to tasks that are not as important or additional tasks it will help you to reduce your level of stress and it may help you develop more self confidence.
Manage your time
Each day create a ‘To Do’ list write down every task you have to do that day and put the most important tasks and the top and the least important at the bottom, this helps you to feel less overwhelmed which will then also reduce your stress levels. Try and fit your tasks into time frames, see how long each task takes you then write it down so you know in the future how long something takes and how many tasks you can fit into the day.
We hope our top tips help you with managing stress. Tweet us @MidTrainCompany and tell us how you deal with stress.
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