April marks the start of Stress Awareness Month, read on to find out more about combating stress in a healthy and productive way.
Stress Awareness Month is all about raising awareness of the causes and treatment of the stress epidemic. It's a good opportunity to take a moment and think about how we can reduce stress and improve our quality of life.
But what is it, and how does it affect us? According to The Stress Management Society “Stress is primarily a physical response. When stressed, our body believes it is under attack and switches to ‘fight or flight’ mode, releasing a complex mix of hormones and chemicals to prepare the body for physical action. Most people will experience stress at various points in their lives, but when stress becomes too much and begins to impact on daily life, that’s when we need to take action.”
Here are just a few tips to help you keep unnecessary stress at bay.
A healthy and balanced diet
What you put into your body has a big impact on your overall wellbeing. A few simple changes can go a long way to make sure you have a healthy and balanced diet:
Eat breakfast every day
Swap your sugary cereal for a healthy alternative
Reduce your intake of refined sugars and caffeine
Be sure to have your recommended five portions of fruit and veg
As well as eating a healthy diet, it’s really important to keep your body hydrated, helping to keep your energy levels up. Studies have shown that the more tired you are, the more prone you are to feeling stressed. So staying hydrated is another small change you can make that makes a big difference.
Get a good night’s sleep
Sleep is pivotal to our overall mental and physical health, but some of us struggle to get a decent night’s sleep. Being a natural healer, it’s just as important as eating healthy and exercising, helping to improve your overall wellbeing.
Here are some tips for improving your sleep:
Drink more water during the day
Exercise regularly, in fresh air where possible
Practice meditation before going to sleep
Wind down before bed by switching off mobile devices and screens in plenty of time
Working on improving your sleep will have an overall positive impact on your stress levels and mental wellbeing during waking hours. To help lull you into a gentle sleep try our best selling Lavender & Chamomile Slumber Mist, pair with our Super-soft Bed Socks for the ultimate good night’s sleep.
Fresh air and exercise
Another positive step to relieving stress is to get regular exercise and time outside in the fresh air. As the days steadily get longer, going out to exercise seems more appealing. But you don’t necessarily need to get up and go for a run or a jog - gardening is a great way to exercise, or you could try swimming, yoga or simply go for a nice walk.
Here are just some of the ways regular exercise can help you to reduce stress:
Exercise encourages the release of ‘feel good’ hormones to help improve your mood
Improve cardiovascular health
Increase overall muscle strength and definition
Reduce the risk of experiencing major illnesses
Regular exercise can help improve the quality of your sleep
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