Stress is a common feeling for many people and is usually a reaction to emotional or mental pressure. However, it is important to acknowledge and recognise when an overwhelming amount of stress starts to cause physical and mental symptoms.
Some physical symptoms you may experience under stress could be headaches, muscle tension, stomach problems and chest pain. Mental symptoms can include difficulty concentrating, worrying, feeling overwhelmed and forgetful. If you are finding that the feeling of stress is affecting your day-to-day life, there are some practices you can try that may help to relieve some of the stress.
Calm Breathing Exercises
There are several calm breathing techniques that you can practice anywhere when you’re feeling stressed and anxious.
Its important to let your breath flow as deep down into your belly without forcing, sometimes putting your hands onto your stomach whilst doing the exercise helps with this. Try breathing in gently through your nose and out your mouth regularly, counting from 1-5. Repeat for up to 5 minutes. This technique can be done standing up, lying down, or siting in a chair with back support. The NHS Website explains the technique in further detail.
Almost any form of exercise or movement can help to increase fitness levels and reduce stress levels. The most important thing is to pick a form of physical activity that you enjoy and would work well with your lifestyle to create a routine.
Here are some of our favourite exercises to enjoy whilst helping to relieve stress –
- Outdoor Walk or Jog
- Bike Ride
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Stress can often stem from feeling overwhelmed and unorganised. It’s important to recognise when a busy time is coming up and how best to prepare for this. There is a few tips and tricks to help remain calm during packed schedules.
Lists – If you feel as though there is a lot on your mind and you’re not sure to tackle it all and remember everything. Why not grab a notebook and pen or your phone and jot down those thoughts or items you need to remember. This way you can be relieved from the worry about forgetting those things!
Food Preparation – Often when our schedules are super busy, its easy to skip meals or opt for something less nutritious. Some stress could be relieved by preparing a nutritional meal you can take with you on the go to enjoy on your lunch break, or meal prepping dinners for a few days to avoid the added stress thinking of meal ideas after a long and bustling day.