Five tips to reduce stress this Stress Awareness Month

by Traveleads | April 1, 2020 | Latest News Uncategorized

April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month. Many of us will often say we are feeling stressed, but what does it actually mean?

Essentially, it’s a physical response to a situation – time for flight or fight. While some stress can be healthy (we all know someone who loves the pressure of a deadline, for example), it can be concerning when stress shows up frequently in daily situations, affecting work or home life or indeed, our mental well-being.

At times like these, it’s likely more of us are feeling stressed, whether that’s relating to health concerns, worrying about the welfare of our loved ones, job fears or maintaining a business.

As many of us are also working remotely at the moment, here are our five tips to help reduce stress while at home this Stress Awareness Month.

1. Go outside

Make the most of spring blossoming, and ensure you head outside for some fresh air. Not only will it help you feel more alert, particularly before or during a workday, but you’ll get a good dose of serotonin from the sun too.

Enjoy a walk, run or cycle (once a day, at the moment) – or even head into your garden to eat lunch or catch up on emails.

April is also National Pet Month, so what better reason to head out for a daily stroll with your four-legged friend?

2. Healthy snacks

While many of us are working from the comfort of our own homes, it can be easier to increase the snack intake. Try and stay on the healthier side as what we eat affects our mood and our body’s reaction to stress.

Try and incorporate a rainbow of five fruit and vegetable portions per day and consider snacks such as nuts, dark chocolate and rice cakes.

Remember to stay hydrated as well, ideally with water. Not only will this keep you more alert, you could find you’ve been reaching for the snack cupboard, when in fact you’re simply dehydrated.

3. Relax

Easier said than done? Carving out some time to relax is important when it comes to reducing stress and it can be simple to incorporate while at home.

Consider reading a book or blog that takes your mind off current events; either fiction for escapism or non-fiction to support a mindset change and help you feel productive.

Try out a meditation app, such as Headspace or Calm which provide easy-to-follow guidance on mediation techniques, tips to manage stress and anxiety and tools to encourage a better night’s sleep.

4. Yoga

Yoga is a great form of exercise for both physical and mental well-being, making it an ideal choice when we are staying at home.

According to the NHS, yoga is proven to have a number of health benefits, including stress relief. Consider incorporating it into your morning routine to set you up for the day, there are plenty of free workout videos available on YouTube.

Stretching and deep breathing may not be akin to your usual gym routine, but given many of us will be feeling the pressures of working from home – mentally and physically, try out this routine to help alleviate some of the stress.

5. Sleep well

Don’t underestimate the power of a good night’s sleep for your well-being. Aim for 7-8 hours to ensure you feel well rested; not only will it help you feel more relaxed, a proper night’s sleep will also help you feel more alert, improve your immune system and work towards curbing snacking.

If you’re struggling to fall asleep, try and stick to the same routine every night:

  1. Stop using screens (your phone, TV, laptop, tablets) at least an hour before bed
  2. Read a book to help your mind relax
  3. Try out a herbal tea to help you wind down
  4. Write a to-do list for the following day – no matter now mundane a ‘task’ may feel. This can help clear your mind of distractions

If you’re still struggling to sleep, consider these additional tips from the NHS for an effective routine.

What are your tips to help reduce stress? Let us know what’s working for you over on Twitter

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