April is Stress Awareness month
April is stress awareness month; many of us lead stressful lives and it is really important how we deal with this stress. There are many forms of stress; some that we can control and some that we are unable to. In order to deal with stress it will help to look after our mental and physical state. Again we may not be able to make changes in some of the areas of our life or reduce the levels of stress, but we may be able to feel we can cope with them better with some minor changes to lifestyle or mental attitude.
One tip is to write down a list of what’s causing you to be stressed and then go through each item and tick off whether it’s something you can or can’t control, so you are then aware of where you may be able to make changes.
So at a time when you may be aware of being stressed maybe try one of the following :-
Meditation: It’s basically awareness; listening to your own breathing, looking at a view, or it can be whatever you like as long as you clear your mind of other thoughts and cares. You may find it helpful to repeat a mantra at the same time to make focus easier.
Deep breathing: By slowing down your breathing and breathing from your diaphragm you can immediately relax yourself. When we are stressed we tend to take shallow breaths which don’t give us enough oxygen
Mindfulness: The idea is to be mindful of something and appreciate it in that present moment and block every thing else out.
Exercise: This is a well known as a stress buster. When we do it our bodies release feel good hormones that make us calmer. Exercise also uses up some of the hormones that the body makes when it’s stressed.
Visualisation: Try visualising a peaceful scene away from your current tensions. It could be a golden sandy beach with the azure waves lapping at your toes; it could be a warm bath with scented oils.
Have a cuppa: It’s a well-known cliché that many-a-problem can be solved by putting the kettle on, or that a cup of tea’s the best thing to calm you down after a shock. The classic, common-sense way to relax may actually work!
Go outside: If you are feeling frazzled at work or at home, one quick way to relax is to head outdoors. You get a fresh perspective on the problem and breathe in fresh air.
Pick your own way to relax: Different activities work for different people. Some people may find reading a book or magazine for 10 minutes a good way to relax. Others may find a therapeutic value in gardening or even cleaning!
You can also have a look on the following link on the Sign Health website for some BSL clips that you may find usefulClick here for some BSL clips