Self-Care Tips to Relieve Stress

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Stress is a natural part of human life and it is what happens when we respond to new or challenging situations. It’s how we as individuals cope with this and how it can affect our health, both physical or emotional. One of the stress hormones released when we are stressed is adrenaline which brings about physical changes to help us deal with the situation at hand. Stress becomes a problem when it lasts a long time, or if you feel overwhelmed and unable to cope with your situation. This will limit your ability to think clearly, function effectively and enjoy life.

The bills will not stop arriving, your work and family commitments will be demanding from time to time and there will never be any more hours in the day! When this happens, it is time to take steps to manage your stress to ensure that you are able to function well at work and at home and you do have the ability to take control of this.

Some useful tips to help cope when stress starts to get overwhelming:

  • Take breaks from watching, reading, or listening to news stories – including those on social media.
  • Take care of yourself – eat healthy, exercise, get plenty of sleep, and give yourself a break.
  • Take care of your body avoid excessive alcohol or drugs.
  • Relax your body – have regular massage, try yoga or meditation, enjoy good company.
  • Make time to unwind – try to do some other activities you enjoy.
  • Slow down – take deep breathes, soak in a bath, play your favourite music.
  • Make time for your hobbies – running, surfing, making sourdough or whatever it may be.
  • Keep your sense of humour – laughter is the best medicine.
  • Talk to others – talk with people you trust about your concerns and how you are feeling. 
  • Recognize when you need more help.

If you are looking for more ideas on how to help manage your stress levels this site is a great resource to start with

“You may not control all of the events that happen to you, but you can decide
not to be reduced by them”
Maya Angelou