Stress is something that most of us will go through at many times throughout our lives. Here we are taking you through simple tips on how you can manage and reduce your stress levels whether this be about daily issues in your life or a bigger, more serious stressful problem.
When we talk about avoiding drugs, we are talking about legal substances such as alcohol, nicotine and caffeine. While you may think at the time that these substances will help your stress levels, overall they will not and can even make your stress levels worse. We would recommend avoiding these substances altogether as caffeine and nicotine are actually stimulants that will raise your stress levels. Instead, try to switch these out for herbal teas, natural fruit juices and water.
Increase Your Physical Activity
When you are stressed, there are certain stress hormones in your body that are released. This includes cortisol and adrenaline. These are fight or flight hormones that are designed to try and protect us from harm when we feel under threat. However, stress in these modern times is rarely caused by a real threat to us physically and so going for a walk, heading to the gym or taking part in a sport can lower these excessive stress hormones and restore your body to a calmer state. Incorporating more physical activity into your daily routine will not only help you lower your stress levels but it will improve your overall fitness and health.
One of the most important ways that you can alleviate feelings of stress is to try and get more sleep. Stress can interrupt our sleeping patterns and make it harder for us to initially fall asleep also. Before you go to bed, make sure that it is relaxing and tranquil with nothing that will cause you further stress. What’s more, before you get to bed you should try and avoid caffeine in the evenings as this too causes a disturbance in your sleep. Why not take a warm bath before going to bed to completely relax your body and tire your eyes. Try and go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning to keep your body in its usual routine.
Manage Your Time
Lastly, if you want to avoid stress in your life you should try and better manage your time. A common problem for many of us is that we feel overwhelmed by our to do lists. The first thing that you need to do in this situation is accept that everything on your list won’t be completed immediately and it will take time to work through. Then, prioritise your tasks to avoid a stress of all tasks due at the same time.
Before you implement these tips to deal with stress into your everyday life, it is important that you first seek medical help. You can do this from the comfort of your own home using the Babylon dr App which can give you specialist advice on how to cope with stress.