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Stress Awareness

25 APRIL 2022 - MAYA - HEALTH AND WELLBEING

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Stress defined by the dictionary is “a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”. Everyone is affected by stress within their lives at one point or another. For some, stress is rare but for others it is seemingly never-ending. Whether a small or big task, stress can affect our bodies physically, mentally and emotionally.

So how can we combat stress?

Well the answer isn’t simple and stress doesn’t always leave your life forever, but it can be reduced significantly. It is recommended that once a day you do something for your physical health, mental health and emotional health. Now if you don’t know what to do, here are some suggestions:

Physical Health:

  • Go for a walk. Walking improves your physical health in so many ways, aim for 10,000 steps a day if you like having a goal. Remember, it’s an achievement just to walk to the shop some days.
  • Try yoga. Yoga allows your body to stretch out, relax and satisfy your muscles.
  • Do a HIT workout or go to the gym. Exercising is not only great for your body but also your mind, it releases endorphins to make your happier. 
  • Try a recipe for a balanced meal. You can use your favourite meal, like a roast dinner and add some more veg and less potatoes. Make your plate colourful so you can visually see your healthy plate.

Mental Health:

  • Make sure you are getting at least 8 hours of sleep. The body and mind need as much sleep as possible. Don’t believe me? Albert Einstein prioritised sleep above all else.
  • Read 10 pages of a book. You can use a book you adore or use a book that you have always wanted to start.
  • Lock your phone away for an hour. Sometimes it’s better not to distract yourself with TikTok. Tidy your room or something to focus on yourself.
  • Set weekly goals to manage your time better. Prioritise how you spend your time.

Emotional Health:

  • Talk to a friend or family member about your stress. Ask them for advice or to be an ear to your troubles, sometimes talking helps the most.
  • Start a journal or write in your journal for 10 minutes a day. You can write about the things you may be grateful for or the things that you hate. Anything works as long as you read it back and listen to yourself.
  • Tell yourself it’s okay to say no to plans. Don’t overexert yourself.
  • Watch your favourite movie with no distractions. Go back to a childhood favourite, something that you know brought you joy once. I would recommend something happy like the movie Chef or Tag. A laugh is always needed.

Try one of these suggestions a day, if you can only prioritise your mental health one day then that’s okay, it’s better to do one thing than nothing at all. Remember that failure in itself is a success, every day you learn something new and stress is unfortunately a part of that. For more information on stress and how to handle it, take a look at these links below:

https://www.stress.org.uk/national-stress-awareness-month/

https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/feelings-symptoms-behaviours/feelings-and-symptoms/stress/

https://www.nhs.uk/every-mind-matters/mental-health-issues/stress/

https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/a-to-z/s/stress

 

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