Stress Busters – how do you deal with stress?
If you’re feeling stressed, then it is good to identify the causes of why you are feeling stressed. As NHS Choices note, it is better to find a way to combat the stresses in your life rather than turn to unhealthy behaviours such as smoking and drinking. Here are some ways that NHS Choices suggests can help manage stress healthily.
Exercise can help reduce stress hormones and release mood enhancing hormones. Try a sport where you are competing against an opponent, as feeling challenged encourages people to push harder to win, therefore releasing more mood enhancing hormones. Examples include: swimming, cycling, football, badminton etc.
Connect with people
Talking to someone you know is a great way to reduce any worries you may have. Like the saying goes, a problem shared, is a problem halved.
Have some ‘me time’
According to NHS choices, the UK workforce works the longest hours in Europe. Taking a few nights to yourself is important to wind down and not think about work. Everyone needs relaxation time.
Accept the things you can't change
Accept the things you can’t change.
It is very easy to worry about the ‘what ifs’ in life. Accept what you cant change and challenge the rest!