21 Dec Stress Down – Do it for you!
Ok so we are nearly at the end of the year. You have worked hard all year, you may even feel like you have been running non-stop for the last few weeks. Now the kids are home and they are starting to relax after an exhaustive year…. And lets not even talk about the weather.
We live such busy lives and it is way too easy to ignore the warning signs that stress is starting to impact on our life. Unfortunately, too much stress, if left untreated, can have an impact on our wellbeing and lead to health problems such as high blood pressure.
The message here is clear. It is important to monitor stress levels. You may be familiar with some of the early signs that stress is increasing to an unhelpful level. They include:
- Difficulty with sleep (insomnia);
- More headaches then usual;
- Drinking too much alcohol;
- Spending too much;
- Feeling irritable;
- Overly sensitive;
- Generally feeling “blah”;
- Difficulty concentrating;
Whenever we start to feel things are getting out of control, it may be time to stop and consider some of the following suggestions that may help lift your spirits and give you an opportunity to control some of the symptoms of stress.
- Breathe and take a moment to calm;
- Socialise with friends and/or family;
- Take regular exercise;
- Eat healthy foods
- Get enough sleep;
- Do something you love doing (listen to music, dance, paint etc) at least for a short period everyday;
- Talk to someone you trust
Hopefully, most people will have a few days off during the holiday season to refresh and wind down. However, if you have taken steps to manage your stress but symptoms continue, please see your GP and/or consider seeking help from a professional therapist or counsellor.
Author: Di O’Malley – Founder and Managing Director of Young Minds Health and Development Network and Counselling Psychologist.
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