April is many things; Easter celebrations, bank holidays, half-term frenzies!
But something that isn’t highlighted in April is the fact it’s Stress Awareness Month
What is stress?
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. It’s an overwhelming emotion that we’re all subject to and we each react differently in stressful situations.
Whilst some of us shut off from the world and ‘pretend it’s not happening’ others may experience persistent sweating, difficulty sleeping, trouble concentrating and loss of appetite.
You may feel anxious, temperamental or irritable and it’s likely that you’ll find it very hard to switch off. It’s normal to also experience headaches, muscle tension or pain, or dizziness.
5 Tips to relieve stress
1. It’s time to get active!
Exercise is the biggest stress buster! So whether you walk, run, box, swim or bike, as the famous saying goes; JUST DO IT.
No ones ever said ‘I feel worse after exercising’. It’s proven to release endorphins, also known as the happy hormone. Just 15 minutes of exercise a day will make all the difference to your mental wellbeing, not to mention the benefit of keeping fit, what’s not to loose?
Just breathe and take a moment for yourself. Run yourself a soothing bubble bath, light a candle on and finish your book! You’ve been on that chapter for way too long now.
Why not treat yourself to a Facial? The benefits of a beauty facial would be more for the short-term and gratifying wonders of the treatment. Sink into pure relaxation and experience the spa-like elements of this treatment. After a thorough cleanse, your skin will appear radiant and you’ll feel completely revitalised.
However you choose to unwind, just make sure you do. It’s so easy to get caught up in everyday life, balancing work, children and socialising become regimented chores. Even ‘simple’ tasks like cooking, shopping & cleaning take up so much of our precious time.
3. Put that coffee down!
We know that smoking, excessive volumes of alcohol and nail biting are bad habits we should stop. But what about your innocent, ‘I-cannot-function-without’ coffee?
Caffeine is a stimulant found in coffee, tea, chocolate and energy drinks. High doses can increase anxiety; People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate. Step out of your routine and reach for a fresh pressed juice instead?
4. STOP procrastinating
When it all gets too much, it’s easy to leave things or ‘come back to it’ (and then never do!) so write yourself a list. Something visual of all your things to-do with REALISTIC deadlines. It may seem a little daunting as the list grows and grows but the satisfaction of ticking them off one-by-one is even greater. We find that a fresh page or note for each daily list works best, it’ll allow your brain to visualise more clearly.
Stressful situations leave us reeling on the negatives and unsure of what to manage first. Take a minute to reflect on all of the things in your life that you’re grateful for and instead of focusing on the negatives, praise yourself on everything that’s going right instead.
We’re way too hard on ourselves and we don’t deserve the added pressure. So, jot it down and remember all the good in your life.
It’s normal and you should speak up!
Whatever you’re experiencing just know that it’s completely normal but it’s important to understand that stress can turn into something more serious, so de-stress now rather than later.
If you wish to seek further advice, we advise contacting your GP or visit NHS Inform
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By HC MedSpa
12th April 2019