Stress is an everyday occurrence for us all, but most of us deal with a lot more stress than we need to on a daily basis.
While it is a natural reaction to situations, stress can have a detrimental effect on physical and mental wellbeing; especially if you experience high levels of stress for extended periods of time.
With April being Stress Awareness Month, what better time to introduce stress-busting activities to your days to help lower your stress levels and leave you feeling a lot calmer?
It doesn't matter whether your stress is related to work, family, money or anything else, if you are too anxious about it, it won't seem like there's any way out. This is why it is important to take at least a few minutes every day to calm yourself down and work to reduce the amount of stress you feel.
Not only is this better for your health, but the chances are things won't seem as bad as they did, allowing you to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Here are a few ways you could lower your stress levels every day:
Take 5 minutes to breathe
This may not seem like it would do a lot, but simply taking five to ten minutes out of everything to sit somewhere quiet or that you find relaxing can be really beneficial.
Make a cup of tea, flick through a magazine, or just sit in silence. Do what you need to do to remove yourself from a stressful situation and give yourself some time to calm down.
You'll find that things look a lot clearer and that you're better able to work out how to make the situation that is stressing you out in the first place much better.
It doesn't matter if you treat yourself to a fancy coffee, something sweet, a new handbag or some jewellery, if you have a few pounds spare in your monthly budget, spending a little something on yourself can really help.
You work hard, whether that's at a job or at home, and so deserve a little something that you can enjoy. As well as this, putting the time aside to buy your little treat can help you to unwind.
See your friends
A good laugh and a chat can help you unwind in no time. Arranging a meeting with your friends, whether it's on your lunch break or an evening, will allow you all to catch up, talk through things and just have fun.
As well as getting their advice, they'll be able to get you to see the silver lining to any situation, making you feel better and generally much happy. You could even make it a regular thing, giving you all something to look forward to.
Taking some extra time to really pamper yourself on a weekly basis can help your stress levels to reduce. This could be having a long bath, getting your nails done or popping on a face mask – you could even do all three!
Pampering yourself doesn't have to be expensive, but it can have an instant effect and leave you feeling really relaxed.
An early night
You can do all of the above to help reduce your stress levels, but if you aren't getting enough sleep, none of it will do any good. You need to make sure you are getting a good amount of sleep every night.
Not getting enough rest can leave you feeling even more frazzled and can result in situations causing even more stress.
Having an early night – and maybe heading to bed a little bit earlier every night – can really make a difference. You'll feel refreshed and ready to face whatever the day has to throw at you. You may even find that the thing that was stressing you out in the first place isn't as bad as you thought it was.
What do you find helps you de-stress?