Stress is an increasing problem for many people. We often lose ourselves in the hustle and bustle, racing from one thing to the next, packing activities together so much we end up stressed and in a mess.
We talk about stress, its effects and how to manage it quite often. But what is stress?
Stress is defined as a state of mental or emotional strain or tension resulting from adverse or demanding circumstances.
There are many causes of stress, and what might cause stress for one person, might be different for another. Some examples of typical stressors include job situation, large changes in your personal life, financial problems or feeling overwhelmed or worries about certain tasks.
Stress comes in many forms and learning what makes you stressed is important. Physical effects of stress can be as extreme as cardiovascular issues and heart disease, to IBS, stomach cramps and digestive disorders. Other, less severe signs of stress are tiredness, colds, headaches, problems with sleeping and trouble with eating and weight.
The good news is that coping with stress does not have to be complicated. Start by taking 10 deep breaths with your eyes closed. Go for a walk or pick another activity that you enjoy and commit some time to focusing on yourself and how you feel.
Here are some more ways you can reduce your stress levels:
• Soak in a relaxing bath – add some lavender oil to increase its calming effect
• Drink some camomile tea
• Meditate for 20 minutes
• Do some yoga or mild exercise of your choice
• Get a massage
• Listen to music
• Step out into nature. Bare feet on the grass, soil or sand. Take three deep breaths