We’re all feeling more pressure everyday, so we’re likely in a constant state of stress! You’ll initially notice the symptoms but after a while, when you’re experiencing it constantly, they’ll become chronic and may seem inescapable.
Thankfully, it is reversible. But takes a bit of dedication.
First step, being aware that you’re feeling a little tense. You may notice that your jaw is clenched, your muscles are stiff or achy, you have tension headaches frequently, you’re feeling tired and low on energy. These are all symptoms of chronic stress.
It might be obvious as to what is the cause and if you know, do what you can to eliminate some of problems. Additionally, try and incorporate some of the following to help reverse the symptoms.
1. Feel connected
As the saying goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. Talking about what’s on your mind, sharing and delegating some of that stress can be really beneficial. Get in touch and keep in touch with your friends and family. Organise activities or events where you can get together, do something fun here and there and be sure to speak your mind, get off what’s on your chest.
If its a work related problem, try and speak to your boss about what they can do to help alleviate some of the strain.
2. Implement some healthy habits
When you feel stressed it can be too easy to comfort eat, drink a bit more than usual, smoke etc. but this won’t help in the long run and could actually be damaging your health. Be sure to get regular exercise as this is a great stress buster, prepare healthy meals and snacks so you don’t have the urge to reach for something sugary, ensure you’re getting plenty of sleep and rest and plan some ‘you’ time in.
3. Focus on the positives
When we feel under intense and constant pressure this can lead to a lot of negative thoughts. Try and focus on the good things; things that have happened that you’ve got coming up or that you can plan in to give you something to look forward to.
If you’re dealing with a difficult situation, it may be helpful to look at the pros and cons, often the pros out way the cons. Or else, try and look for the pros in any situation. Changing your mindset in this way can have wondrous effects on your mental health and self worth.
4. Find ways to relax
It’s important if you find yourself in high-stress situations to have a way to relax and unwind at the end of the day. It could be enjoying a nice meal, taking a hot bath, reading a book, indulging in a face mask or lathering a little calming essential oils into the skin.
Everyone’s different and will have different strategies but finding what works for you is key. Avoid scrolling through your phone or mindlessly watching TV shows all evening as these can actually prevent you from acquiring a calmer state of mind.
5. Practice meditation or mindfulness
Mindfulness and meditation have long been methods to help calm the mind. They are practices that encourage you to focus on the present moment.
If this is something you struggle with, you may benefit from attending a meditation class. It may take a couple of sessions to get into a rhythm, but can be extremely helpful in learning how to quieten your mind.
If meditation isn’t your thing, a yoga or Pilates class may equally be beneficial. Both programmes encourage a focus on breathing and the maneuver you’re working on.
We hope you’ve found these tips helpful. We’ve lots more ideas on ways in which you can alleviate some of the pressures in life and the feelings of burnout and stress. We’ve shared some of these below for further reading.