So if everyone experiences stress, how do we best manage it?
Managing all types of stress is essential for leading a better quality life. But how?
Use it as a positive
Viewing stress as a positive, and essential part of life has been shown in research to help mitigate the negative outcomes.
Identify warning signs and triggers
Being able to pick warning signs and triggers for stress can help with management. For example, grinding your teeth, or are short tempered for no real reason are both signs of stress. Or maybe you know being tired, hungry, or even particular individuals can make you feel more stressed. Awareness of these triggers and reactions can help with management of stress.
Establish a routine
Having a routine can be very calming, and help minimise negative stress. For example, having a routine of getting up and going for a walk each morning, or having a regular time for lunch each day can be useful strategies.
Take care of your health
Eating well, exercising regularly and taking time out for yourself are all important for maintaining good health. In particular, exercise has been shown to be fantastic for management of stress; planning on including it regularly has been shown to dramatically reduce stress levels. Knowledge that you are on top of your health and any potential issues is also great for peace of mind.
Spend time with loved ones
Spending time with those you care about, talking about any potential stressors, so feelings aren’t bottled up, and including enjoyable activities can help with reducing stress levels.
If high stress levels continue for a long period, or are interfering with you enjoying your life, it is recommended to seek help. Working with a qualified health professional can help you identify what is contributing to high stress, and help you to make changes to the things that are within your control.
By having an assessment in the Life First program, we can help you determine your current state of health, and work with you to provide support and to manage stress in a positive way.
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