There are many times in our lives where stress plays a key role. Although we cope regularly with stress, there are moments where the tension or pressure can become to much building to such a point that it can negatively affect your physical and or emotional health.
Stress can come in many forms including moving house, a new relationship, divorce or separation, pressures at work, deadlines, starting a new job, family issues, a new baby as well as many other significant milestones in life.
When stress becomes chronic (persisting for a lengthened period of time) it can cause symptoms including fatigue, insomnia, anxiety, poor memory, reduced concentration, ulcers, migraines, depression and asthma.
Here are five strategies that can be used to help manage stress.
1/ Ensuring that you have a healthy diet that is filled with vitamins and minerals that will help the body cope with the pressure that stress is placing on it.
2/ Exercise. Simply going for a walk at the end of the day can help reduce stress and increase your mood. With as little as 30 minutes per day, endorphins are released that can help provide a more positive and energetic frame of mind.
3/ Natural medicines. The list here could be endless. It is important to support those areas of the body that weaken with stress. B Vitamins can improve the function of the nervous system and adrenal glands in times of stress. Rhodiola and Ginseng can help with the exhaustion that comes with stress and a cup of chamomile tea before you retire for the evening can help the body to relax.
4/ Relaxation. Whether it be a massage, meditation or a hobby that you enjoy, these can all help you relax and reduce your stress levels.
5/ Talking with a friend or professional. If you are struggling, confide in a trusted friend or family member about what is causing you stress. If need be, a chat with a Counsellor or Psychologist can also be beneficial.
Whatever you are stressed about, ensure that you take time out to rejuvenate and give your body all that it needs to help manage this time of stress.