In today’s world, stress is at epidemic levels, and when we look around us, it can be easy to see why. We have so much going on and everyone seems to want everything done yesterday. The problem with stress is that it’s dangerous and is actually one of the leading causes of many physical and mental illnesses, so it’s really important that we’re able to limit the stress levels in our lives so that they don’t become problematic.
In this post, we’re going to share with you just how you can do that and why you don’t need to let stress control your life.
You may think that you simply don’t have time to exercise daily, but getting in some daily exercise is not about going to the gym for an hour a day, it’s simply making sure that you’re not constantly sitting or lying down and doing nothing for the full 24 hours.
Something as simple as going for a walk with the dog for 20 minutes a day, or even doing the housework have actually been shown to count as exercise, so you don’t have to worry that you don’t have the time, because these are things you’re possibly already doing. Exercise greatly reduces stress and it also makes you feel good, so it’s really a win-win.
A good sleep routine:
Good sleep is important to health and wellbeing overall, but even more so when trying to combat stress – in fact, lack of sleep can cause stress, which in turn can actually cause things like insomnia, so you can see how that can be a nasty cycle to be trapped in. The great thing is, you don’t need to wait until you’re dealing with insomnia to take control of your sleep situation.
You can try things like taking a relaxing bath an hour before bed, switching off your phone, and even listening to a relaxing Sleep Meditation as part of a sleep routine.
Cut down on alcohol:
Whilst it may be tempting to have a few glasses of wine to help you relax, it’s not really a habit you want to get into – and the thing with alcohol is, that it can actually interfere with things like sleep and even cause anxiety, which is definitely not good for stress, so save the wine for one or two glasses over dinner and use other ways to relax.
Cut down on caffeine:
Much like alcohol, caffeine has its time and place, but when trying to reduce stress levels, it’s really not going to help. It’s also a stimulant, so it will definitely interfere with your sleep patterns, and has also been linked to things like anxiety and depression, so probably not the best idea if you’re trying to de-stress or reduce overall stress in your life.
Food is seriously important thing in our lives, and it can really make a big difference to things like mood – so it’s just not important for physical health, but for warding off things like stress, anxiety, and depression, which means it’s even more important to make the right choices when it comes to food.