Everyone experiences stress, so it’s important to have healthy coping mechanisms in place in order to manage this effectively and to achieve ongoing health and wellbeing.
Stress is the application of tension or pressure, which distorts something from its natural state of equilibrium. The Oxford Dictionary defines stress as “A state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances”.
Stress can lead to many mental and physical issues, such as high blood pressure, muscle tension and headaches. So, we recommend the following techniques to help manage your stress:
Mindfulness is a simple concept. It’s about giving your undivided attention to what’s happening right now, exactly what you’re doing, to the space you’re moving through at that particular moment in time. It might seem trivial, even obvious, but most of us are not fully present – we allow our minds to wander, to become enmeshed in obsessive thoughts about something that just happened or worrying about the future. It makes us anxious.
Take part in an activity you enjoy at least once a week
This might be yoga, dancing, painting or cooking. Doing something you enjoy each week can help you relax and alleviate harmful stressors.
Talk about it
Talking about the things that are making you stressed can help you remove your stressors. This is also a great way to seek advice and feedback from trusted friends or family members about how you might positively cope with your stress into the future.
Live a healthy lifestyle
It’s important to be aware of your mind/body relationship. They are integrally connected and each can have negative and positive impacts on the other. If you know you have a particularly stressful period of life coming up, pay extra attention to your physical health and lifestyle. This will allow you to navigate the period with a clearer mind and healthier body.