Stress is something that a lot of people will suffer from at one point or another whether they like to admit it or not. There are varying levels of stress and everyone will react differently, and some will have their own way of dealing with it.

What we aim to do in this blog is to give you some simple and effective ways you can deal with stress but first let’s look at what stress is.

Stress is a reaction that the body creates to change that requires an adjustment or response. These responses come in the form of mental, physical and emotional and can be caused by events in all aspects of life whether it be your body, your thoughts or your environment.

There are people who will strive on stress as it helps them to complete a task, they simply work well under pressure. When we hear the term ‘stress’ used in a clinical sense it usually refers to a situation that causes stress or discomfort which can lead to problems with mental health, such as anxiety and depression.

Here are 6 ways to combat stress:

1. Avoid unhealthy habits

Many people will rely on things like alcohol, smoking and caffeine as methods of coping with stress when in reality all it does is mask the problem for a short time and can be an unhealthy crutch. This is more likely to create new problems than solve your current ones.

2. Practice deep breathing exercises

The aim of breathing exercises is to take your mind away from things that may be causing you stress and focus on your breath. Taking slow, deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth helps the lungs fully expand. Ultimately this allows your heart rate to slow down, allowing you to feel more peaceful.

3. Be active – Exercise

This is one of the best ways you can get rid of stress.

When we exercise our body releases endorphins, which are produced by the central nervous system as a response to the physical stress you put your body through when you exercise. These are also known as the ‘feel good hormones.

People who exercise regularly are less likely to suffer from stress and anxiety than those who don’t.

4. Learn to say ‘No’

Sometimes the things that cause you stress are out with your control, but there are some that you do have control over.

A common reason for someone to suffer from stress is taking on more than they can handle. It’s important that you learn to say no more often and keep your daily tasks or workload manageable so that you don’t burn yourself out.

5. Enjoy some ‘me time’

Surveys have shown that the UK work the longest hours compared to the rest of Europe. More time has to be spent doing things we enjoy while making sure we’re using our free time for healthy habits.

This doesn’t always mean taking a day to relax and sit around the house. We must make time for socialising with our friends and family, taking time away from work and making sure we get our exercise in.

6. Think positive!

If you look for the negative in every situation that’s all you’re going to find, which will lead to more stress. Try to appreciate what you have and look for something positive in everything you do.

We need to accept there are things we don’t have any control over, so getting stressed over them is a waste of energy isn’t it? It’s like getting stressed about the weather or being stuck in a traffic jam. If there is nothing you can do, then try to keep yourself calm by using one of the methods we talked about earlier.

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