Stress awareness month How to live a less stressful life

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    Millions of people around the UK experience high levels of stress. According to the Mental health Foundation, 74% of UK adults have felt so stressed at some point over the last year they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope. A recent study found that 65% of people in the UK have felt more stressed since COVID-19 restrictions began in March 2020.
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    Here are some other ways that can help to lower life’s daily stressors:
    1. Think positive
    Adopting a positive mindset can help reduce life’s small annoyances. It’s harder to get stressed when your mind is happy!

    2. Don’t be a slave to tech
    Having some time away from tech and social media can be really good for your health and your mindset! Try to carve out time to take a step back from your phone and enjoy the life that’s going on around you.

    3. Eat for wellbeing
    This does NOT mean go on a diet. A well-balanced diet (which still includes chocolate!) is a sure way to reduce stress. When your body is happy and healthy, your mind is more likely to be too.

    4. Get a good night’s sleep
    A good night’s sleep helps to recharge your batteries so that you’re ready for whatever the day may bring. One way to help you sleep well through the night is to keep your phone out of the bedroom. Alternatively, meditating before bed can help you get into a calm and sleep-like state.

    5. Exercise regularly

    Exercise doesn’t have to mean waking up at 4.30am practice for a marathon (but go you if it does!), it can be as simple as walking the dog or doing yoga in your spare room. All exercise lowers your body’s stress hormones and releases endorphins which will improve your mood.

    6. Learn to say no

    Learning to say no means you can take back control over the things you can change. Whether you’re saying it to work, friends or family – if you explain why, they’re sure to understand.

    7. Write it down

    It can be hard to verbalise what’s stressing you out so writing it down can help to bring you some clarity. It’s also a good way to get out all your feelings, take a step back from them, and figure out how to move forward.

    8. Take a breath
    In stressful situations, 3 deep breaths can make all the difference. Taking a second to yourself to simply breathe can help to calm your mind.

    9. Spend time with your friends and family

    This last year has highlighted just how important your friends and family are and how much they help to support you through stressful times. Spending time with them can be a great way to have fun, relax and forget about whatever stress is happening in your life. Now that restrictions are been lifted make the most of the ones you love.

    10. Have a cuddle
    Cuddles, kisses, and sex can all help to relieve stress. Positive physical contact can help release oxytocin (also known as the love hormone) and lower cortisol (which causes stress).
    Remember, different things work for different people so keep trying until you find your perfect stress reducer!

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