There are so many things in life that can cause us stress and if we don't find a way to manage it, it can become a real problem. However, when you're in that stressful environment, it can be difficult to know what you can do to help yourself.
I've listed below 5 ideas that you can use to help you de-stress. You might find that all of them work for you, or maybe just one or two, but if you can find a healthy way to help it can take away some of the pressure.
1. Keep Active
Exercise can really help to release your stress levels, as exercise helps to release endorphins which are 'feel good' hormones. It may not get rid of your stress completely, but it is an easy way to help you feel better whilst also keeping your body healthy.
There are loads of different types of exercise that you can take part in, whether that be attending the gym on your own, going to exercise classes or taking your exercise practises into your own home. Pilates can be a really great way to focus the mind, control your breathing and get the body moving.
2. Prioritise You
I get it. Prioritising yourself can be tricky when you have lots of other commitments, but if you don't find time for yourself then you'll end up in burn out.
Put some time in your diary for you and treat it with the same importance that you would a doctors appointment, or anything else that you consider to be hugely important. Try to keep that time in your diary every week, or at least make sure you have a slot available that is just for you. Do not cancel on yourself!
3. Accept What You Cannot Control
Not everything is within our control and there will come a time where you need to accept that. Worrying and stressing over things you cannot control is counter-productive and will not serve you.
Just focus on the things that are within your control and that you can change.
4. Avoid Negative Self Talk
We're all guilty of negative self talk, where we put ourselves down or convince ourselves that we're not good enough.
Negative self talk has been shown to fuel anxiety and depression. It can, unsurprisingly, cause an increase in stress levels and lower self esteem. This can easily create a domino effect and substantially lower your mood.
In order to rectify this, you need to be aware of what you are saying to yourself Are you putting yourself down and is this constructive? Is what you are saying actually true? And remind yourself that thoughts are not facts.
Ask yourself whether you would say this to a friend and / or if a friend would say these things about you.
5. Be Grateful
Start a gratitude journal.
Everyday, write down 3 things that you are grateful for. You'll be surprised about how much better it makes you feel.
You need to keep consistent with these tips and make them part of your routine. If you feel like you're really struggling and need some additional help, you should not hesitate to speak with your GP as there are loads of other resources available.