Top Ways to Manage Your Stress This Stress Awareness Day 

Wednesday 1st November is National Stress Awareness Day. To recognise this day, we have put together this blog which will raise awareness of the effects stress can have on us and look at ways in which we can manage stress. 

Stress is a natural physiological and psychological response to challenging or threatening situations. It is the body’s way of preparing to deal with a perceived threat or demand. When you encounter a stressful situation, your body goes into a “fight or flight” mode, releasing stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol, which can trigger various physical and emotional reactions. 

Stress can be categorised into two main types: 

  • Acute Stress: This is short-term stress. 
  • Chronic Stress: Chronic stress results from prolonged exposure to stressors or ongoing life challenge. 

Stress can manifest in various ways, including: 

  • Physical symptoms: These can include increased heart rate, muscle tension, headaches, digestive problems, and fatigue. 
  • Emotional symptoms: Stress can lead to feelings of anxiety, irritability, sadness, and anger. 
  • Cognitive symptoms: Stress can affect your ability to concentrate, make decisions, and think clearly. 
  • Behavioural symptoms: People under stress might engage in unhealthy coping mechanisms such as overeating, substance abuse, or withdrawing from social activities. 

Managing stress effectively is important for both your physical and mental well-being. We have listed some strategies to help you manage and reduce stress below: 

  • Identify Stressors: Recognise what is causing you stress. Identifying the sources of stress is the first step in managing it. 
  • Practice Relaxation Techniques: Deep Breathing: Practice deep breathing exercises to calm your nervous system.  
  • Exercise Regularly: Physical activity can help reduce stress hormones and trigger the release of endorphins, which are natural mood lifters. 
  • Maintain a Healthy Diet: Eat a balanced diet rich in fruit and vegetables. Avoid too much caffeine and sugar as they can contribute to stress and anxiety. 
  • Sleep: Aim for 8 hours of quality sleep per night. Lack of sleep can exacerbate stress and make it more challenging to cope. 
  • Stay Organised: Use a planner or to-do lists to help you manage your tasks and responsibilities. Being organised can reduce feelings of being overwhelmed. 
  • Social Support: Talk to family and friends about your feelings. Social support can be a valuable resource for managing stress. 
  • Seek Professional Help: If your stress is overwhelming or persistent and is affecting your daily life, consider seeking help from a mental health professional. Therapy, counselling, or support groups can provide valuable strategies for stress management. 

Remember that what works for one person may not work for another, so it’s important to explore different strategies and find what works best for you. The key is to develop a personalised stress management plan that you can consistently implement in your daily life. 

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