Take a Chill Pill

Feeling stressed in today’s society is pretty much inevitable.

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But how stressed you allow yourself to get or how often this happens are two things that you can have a great influence over.

Being someone who feels stressed or run down regularly, I suffer from the usual symptoms from feeling tired, being overwhelmed, upset stomach, headaches or migraines to often and in the end I just feel burned out.

I don’t like feeling this way, and I have been reading up on some tips to help me feel more relaxed and calm in situations where I would normally blow up. Some I have found work effectively, others I am yet to comment.

So what am I going to do about?

Avoid Too Much Caffeine – I don’t consider myself to be a big coffee drinker, I have one in the morning to wake me up and that will be it. However, I am a big tea lover and can easily get through anything from 2-5 cups of tea a day! I have started to swap caffeinated drinks for more water, chamomile tea and fruit juices to aim to keep myself more hydrated as this helps your body to cope better with stress.

More Physical Activity – Stressful situations increase the level of stress hormones such as adrenaline in your body. Physical exercise can be used to metabolize the excessive stress hormones and restore your body and mind to a calmer, more relaxed state. When I feel stressed and tense, I tend to grab the dogs leads and head out for a brisk walk in the fresh air. I need to try to incorporate some physical activity into my daily routine on a regular basis so my aim is to start going for walks in my lunch break at work and then something a bit more strenuous such as running in the evening. Plus, regular physical activity improves the quality of your sleep.

Get More ZZZ’s – I wouldn’t say this is something I struggle with. I love my sleep and am not someone who suffers with sleepless nights because of stress or things bothering me. But, a lack of sleep is a significant cause of stress. I suffer from sever headaches and because of this, I was once put on some medication that was supposed to help prevent me waking up with headaches in the morning, this did not work. So rather than relying on medication, my aim is to maximise my relaxation before going to bed. I am going to make sure that my bedroom is a tranquil oasis with no reminders of the things that could cause me stress. I will avoid drinking any caffeine after 9pm, including my beloved cup of tea with a biscuit on the side to dunk. I am going to start putting a no phone after 9pm rule in place as this will give my brain time to calm down and finally aiming to go to bed at roughly the same time each day so that my mind and body get used to predictable bedtime routine.

Talk to Someone – When I am feeling stressed or down, instead of trying to talk to a loved one about it, I find I bottle it up and then explode with rage and hit out at them which then causes an argument thus resulting in more stress. My aim is to start talking to my nearest and dearest about how I feel, distracting me from my stressful thoughts or releasing some of the built-up tensions by discussing it.

Do you have any stress-relieving tips you would like to share? Please comment 🙂

Danielle

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