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TIPS FOR COMBATTING STRESS

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There’s no denying we are a nation on the edge. Stress is something we all have to deal with from time to time, but for some people it can be an everyday occurrence. Stressful jobs, money problems and worrying about home life are common worries we all have which can lead to stress in our lives.

If you need to combat stress there are things you can try to help you relax and de-stress.

  • If you’re feeling stressed or find yourself in a stressful situation try listening to music. Studies have shown that listening to calm music has a positive effect on the brain and body. Music can also lower blood pressure and reduce the stress causing hormone, cortisol. It doesn’t have to be music, it could be relaxing sounds, such as rain falling, nature sounds or sounds of the sea.
  • Make time for yourself. If you’re feeling stressed, try to make some time for yourself to be able to relax, even if it’s just a long bubble bath, half an hour of reading or relaxing in the garden and enjoying the sun. Or, you could even treat yourself to a massage. You could book a professional massage which is sure to help you relax and relieve stress, London Chiropractor is a good choice if you’re looking for some me time.
  • If you’re feeling stressed, talk to family or friends about the situation. Often, keeping everything to ourselves can make stressful situations seem a lot worse than they are. Listening to a reassuring voice and getting advice from someone else can often be exactly what we need to help relieve some stress.
  • Take some time out from technology. Our lives are often consumed by technology, computers at work, TV’s, laptops, iPads, iPods, smartphones, the list is endless. Taking time away from technology even for a few hours or a day can be a massive stress reliever.
  • Exercising can help relieve stress and even help you sleep better. It doesn’t have to be a trip to the gym, a walk, or a 10 minute bike ride should be enough to help relieve stress. Exercising releases feel-good endorphins, a chemical which is a natural painkiller, it also helps with the ability to sleep which in turn will help relieve stress. I know I’m always a little less stressed after a good night’s sleep.
  • Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Stress and lack of sleep feed off each other. Feeling stressed can make you lose sleep, and a lack of sleep can make stress worse. Try to ensure you are getting the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep a night.

I would love to know how you combat stress?

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2 Comments

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    MANDY DOHERTY
    December 27, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    I walk our dog to relieve stress, watching her bounding around the field always helps me relax

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    Hazel Rea
    December 27, 2016 at 10:36 pm

    Breathing exercises work really well – tongue on ridge at back of teeth, breathe in through nose for count of four, hold for seven then breathe out through mouth with a gentle whooshing sound. It really does calm the body down but only do four cycles to begin with or you can feel dizzy.

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