Advice for dealing with stress

Dealing with stress

When you’re under too much stress for too long, your overall health and wellbeing can be affected.

Stress is a common feeling everyone experiences at times. Some stress is good and helps you to perform your best. But when you’re under too much stress for too long, your overall health and wellbeing can be affected.

Knowing how to manage stress, set limits, problem-solve, engage in self-care and take time out is necessary for everybody.

The most recent thinking on stress management has found that you should tackle it before the symptoms appear, which means learning to recognise what sparks stress in your daily life.

In order to beat stress effectively, you need to have a grab-bag of anti-stressing tools that you use often and proactively before your body's stress response fully kicks in. The more anti-stressing tools you can learn the better. Here are some to help you get started:

  • Do something you find relaxing.
  • Breathe deeply, from your diaphragm.
  • Eat well.
  • Listen to music.
  • Practice mindfulness meditation.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Talk with someone.
  • Get as much sleep as you can.

If you have tried the tips above and are still feeling stressed, the best person to go to for help initially is your doctor. You can also visit your local Life Pharmacy and speak with the Pharmacist in private. They can discuss stress-relieving advice and supplements or refer you to your doctor if necessary.

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