April is National Stress Awareness month. Stress is a common trigger for many conditions and illnesses. If you can regulate your stress you will stay healthier for longer.
Stress can manifest itself with a headache, toothache, ingestion or simply muscle tension. Identifying the cause of your stress can be the best course of action. Once highlighted, minimise its impact –if left to its own devices it will wear down the natural defence mechanisms in the body and may lead to something more serious. Be aware of the warning signs and take action promptly.
You certainly cannot control everything so be realistic about what you can achieve every day. Stressful, busy lives can also affect our #bestsleep patterns which in turn will affect your health.
Try to make small changes to your attitude which will help reduce your stress levels.
The following don’t take long to do and might make all the difference.
- Practice relaxation techniques – breathe in for 4, hold it for 7 and breathe out for 8. Do this a few times and things will appear calmer.
- Accept that you cannot control everything and try not to worry about what is out of your remit.
- Don’t take on too much – practice saying no!
- Do a little exercise every day, preferably out in the open.
- Eat a healthy diet and avoid too much sugar.
- Administer a little self-care – spend a few minutes each day on you – read a magazine, drink a coffee just sit and remember all the things you can be thankful for.
- Every week try to take 30 minutes for a relaxing bath.
- Surround yourself with positive people who make you smile.
- When you do retire make sure your bedroom space is tranquil – leave the electronic devices outside, the blue light hampers the production of melatonin which induces sleep.
Try a few of these simple actions and your stress levels are sure to decrease. Good luck!