With the second lockdown here, you might have found that your anxiety and stress levels have risen. Living in such uncertain times can take its toll on your body and mind, taking time to relieve those stresses is essential to your mental health. Take a look at our list below for tips on how to feel calm and relieve your stress.
As you have learned from the first lockdown, it can be hard to be stuck in one place for an extended period of time. We know this time around it’s not all sunshine and beaches but don’t let that stop you getting outside. Studies have shown that being outside lowers cortisol, the stress hormone so take time out of your day to get outside whether it’s to sit in your garden or go for a walk. Get the whole family involved and find local walking routes. To make it fun for children, get them in their wellies and raincoats and print off some photos of plants and bugs they need to spot on their walk.
We know under the new government rules and guidelines this can be a little tricky, that’s why we should be so grateful for technology. Organise quiz nights or a family get together through video call, this way you still get your social fix and get to see your loved ones. If government guidelines permit, meet up with loved ones outside for a change of scenery. Make sure you check in with your friends and family that live alone, it can be challenging for people when they have no social contact so checking in whether it is a text or a phone call can help boost their mental health.
There are many benefits when it comes to meditating, some include increasing self-awareness, managing your stress which leads to less anxiety, increasing patience and tolerance or giving you a new perspective on stressful situations. Find a quiet place with no distractions, to sit and think about what you are grateful for. Taking some time to turn off your brain and take some deep breaths. If you are wanting to be more active try practising yoga. There are so many forms you could try out, such as Hatha, Vinyasa or Iyengar yoga, all have different benefits. Being able to move and stretch your body will help loosen your muscles that have become tired from stress.
Try exercise more regularly or go out for a walk
Exercise is not only a great way to relieve stress but also work on your mental and physical health. Simple things like walking an extra 100 steps a day will help with your fitness but also give you a moment to yourself to forget about your everyday stresses. If you want to work a little harder, why not go for a run, or take an hour’s break at the gym. There are many personal training courses which you can enrol in if you want to enhance your knowledge and potentially change careers.
Spend time with your friends and family
If you feel stressed, don’t suffer alone – As they say, a problem shared is a problem halved! By spending time with your friends and family, they will make you laugh and take your mind off your work or life stresses. By sharing with your family members, they may be able to come up with a solution that you hadn’t thought of yet. Don’t feel embarrassed to let people know that you are suffering as the chances are they have been in the same position as you.
Learn to say no
Are your stresses there because you have over-promised or just said yes to be kind? You are not alone! As a kind person, many people want to help their friends and family but by doing so, add a lot of stress to their own lives. Of course, help when you can, but if you are busy, learn to say no otherwise you are adding another workload to your day. It’s not wrong to say no, as the chances are they will find another solution or another friend will be able to help them. If you are worried about insulting someone, explain why you are saying no so they can understand your reasoning. The chances are they won’t mind at all, it’s just you trying to be kind.
Listen to music
Music can be very soothing and instantly help with your mood! When running people listen to faster music when having a massage slower music, or in the club exciting music. Music is a powerful tool that depending on where you are can influence the way something is portrayed. When it comes to stress, music can help relax you and take you to a calming place. Why not go for a walk and listen to one of your favourite playlists or sit on the beach with a chilled playlist that will help reduce your stress level.
It sounds silly but just laugh! It’s hard to feel stressed when you are laughing. Not only will laughing relieve stress but it also reduces the tension in your body and promotes positive endorphins. Why not take a break and watch a comedy or light-hearted film. If you are working on a deadline, watch your favourite comedian for 15 minutes. By looking after yourself and laughing you will find your day becomes a lot less stressful and comedians are light-hearted, so make the things you think you are stressing about a lot less of a deal. If you don’t feel like laughing then smiling is a great alternative. When you smile, you feel happier, think of something that makes you happy each day and smile, not a fake smile but a genuine smile. Doing this each day will have you feeling happier and less stressed in no time.
Learn to take a break
If work is something that is stressing you out, you may find yourself working through lunch breaks or working long hours. This can lead to an unhealthy relationship with work and isn’t good for your health or stress levels. Make sure you are regularly taking a break and stepping away from work. Take a whole hour on your lunch break and finish work when you are meant to, don’t always stay late. Also, make sure you stay hydrated and drink enough water throughout the day.
If none of the above are working for you, consider looking into what supplements you can take to help relieve your stress. B-Vitamins are an excellent supplement to take as not only do they relieve stress they can also improve your eyesight, appetite, brain function and energy levels. Another supplement you can take for stress is cbd sweets, benefits include relieving inflammation, pain, anxiety and stress. Magnesium is another great supplement, as as well as relieving stress it can help you if you struggle with sleep.
Stress is something that everyone has to deal with. As you can see from above, there are many ways to help relieve stress and feel happier overall. It is important that you do look after yourself and don’t deal with it alone if you need help ask your loved ones. Often exercise can have a big impact as well as taking breaks and removing yourself from the situation.
What methods do you use to reduce your stress levels? What methods are more effective and have you got any tips that other readers could benefit from? Let me know in the comment box below, we would love to hear from you.