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April 23, 2024 | Abbie Sorrel-Fleet

How to manage stress this Stress Awareness Month

April marks Stress Awareness Month, and we as women, I think it’s safe to say have all had our fair share of stress. Whether in our home lives, work life, financial or just everyday stresses.

When stressors arise, our body releases hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, activating the instinctual ‘fight or flight’ response. This physiological reaction induces symptoms like heightened heart rate, shallow breathing, muscle tension, and perspiration.

Managing stress effectively involves a combination of strategies that address both the physical and psychological aspects of stress. Here are some tips to help you manage stress:

  • Identify the Source of Stress: Recognise what triggers your stress. It could be work-related, personal relationships, financial issues, or health concerns.
  • Practice Relaxation Techniques: This could be deep breathing exercises, meditation or mindfulness, yoga or tai chi or visualisation techniques.
  • Regular Exercise: Physical activity helps to reduce stress hormones and stimulates the production of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters.
  • Time Management: Organise your time effectively. Prioritise tasks, set realistic goals, and break tasks into manageable steps.
  • Establish Boundaries: Learn to set boundaries in your personal and professional life. It’s okay to say no when you feel overwhelmed or need time for yourself.
  • Seek Support: Talk to friends or family. Sometimes, sharing your concerns can provide relief and perspective. Joining a support group can also be beneficial.
  • Practice Positive Thinking: Challenge negative thoughts and replace them with positive affirmations. Focus on what you can control rather than worrying about things beyond your control.
  • Get Some Hobbies: Spend time doing activities you enjoy. Hobbies can provide a sense of fulfilment and distract you from stressors.
  • Set Realistic Expectations: Avoid perfectionism and unrealistic expectations of yourself and others. Accept that you cannot control everything and that it’s okay to make mistakes.
  • Take Breaks: Incorporate regular breaks into your day to relax and recharge.
  • Practice Self-Compassion: Be kind to yourself.

Remember that managing stress is an ongoing process, and what works for one person may not work for another. It’s essential to experiment with different techniques and find what works best for you.

If stress becomes overwhelming or persistent, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. And of course, our team are always on hand to assist when needed.

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