5th Aug 2020

As you go about the hustle and bustle of daily life, it’s not unusual to encounter a range of potential stressors – so what can be done to relieve stress?

Whether it’s a particularly bad run of traffic on the school run or an impending deadline, our modern lifestyles of extended work hours and always-on technology can lend themselves to a less than relaxing mindset.

Unfortunately, stress is something we all experience every now and then. So, how may we help to relieve its symptoms?

Keep reading to discover some helpful tips that may help you unwind in times of stress. But remember, if you have any concerns about your stress levels, it’s important to talk to your health professional.

Talk About It

If you’re experiencing stress, it’s important to share your feelings with those around you. Remember, mild stress is a common part of life, not a sign of weakness.

Take some time out to talk to a trusted friend, family member or mental health professional and let them know what’s causing you to feel stressed.

You may find it helpful to release your worries onto a sympathetic ear, and they may even have some words of wisdom that could help your situation.

Practise Deep Breathing

When we feel stressed, it can be easy to forget the power of a few deep, controlled breaths. Try closing your eyes and taking a few breaths to help relieve stress. Allow the air to move deep into your lungs and try to exhale for longer than your inhale.

A helpful rule of thumb is the 4,7,8 rule. Breathe in for four seconds, hold for seven seconds, then exhale for 8 seconds, and repeat until you feel your body begin to relax.

Get Into Good Bedtime Habits

Getting enough sleep at night is important for supporting your general health and wellbeing. If you’re having difficulty sleeping due to stress, try to establish a regular bedtime routine.

Make your bedroom a space for unwinding and letting go of the day’s stressors.

When you’re winding down for bed, do things that help you to relax. Try a nice hot bath, a short yoga flow, or listening to relaxation music or a podcast. It may help to take your mind off your worries so you may drift off to sleep.

Eat a Healthy Diet

While being stressed may have you reaching for the chocolates or a treat from your local bakery, try and resist.

Ensuring you are getting your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI) of nutrients helps to support your health and wellbeing.

Help to support your body and your wellbeing by eating a range of nutritionally balanced meals.

Seek Additional Assistance

If you are concerned about your stress levels or mental health, pay a visit to a professional to discuss ways forward and coping mechanisms. Lifeline is also an excellent immediate resource if you are ever feeling overwhelmed and need to talk to someone – visit their website to chat online or call them on 13 11 14.

If you found this information useful, you may enjoy the following:

Mild Aches And Pains: 10 Things You Should Know

Stress: The Fundamentals And How You May Help Relieve It