Our Top 5 Tips to Help You Lower Stress
Stress is a very natural reaction in our bodies to a potentially dangerous situation. But due to the high levels of stress in our modern lives, we usually think of stress as a negative experience, but from a biological point of view, stress can be a neutral, negative, or positive response.
A positive response to stress would be the short-lived stressful reaction we would experience in meeting a tight work deadline. Once we meet the deadline our body should immediately return back to our natural balance. Where stress can shift to a negative experience, is when we are in a constant state of stress.
Long term stress is often referred to as Chronic Stress which means that we are stressed for a long period of time. At this level, the body is in a non-stop state of elevated “fight or flight” stress response which means our sympathetic nervous system is working overtime.
When we don't return back to our natural state of balance following each moment of stress there can be negative health effects to our body such as nervousness, anxiety, depression, neck tension, headaches, and forgetfulness.
Here are our top 5 tips to help you lower stress:
1. Breathe Deeply. How often do you catch ourselves not breathing properly or taking short shallow breaths? When you feel yourself becoming stressed try taking 5 slow deep breaths.
2. Gentle Daily Exercise. Exercise releases endorphins into your body which will help increase your energy and reduce anxiety. Walking, Yoga, Pilates or stretching are our top picks!
3. Reduce your coffee intake. Oh yes! I said it! Reduce your caffeine intake because both stress and caffeine increase your cortisol levels. Having high amounts of caffeine can lead to negative health effects associated with prolonged elevated levels of cortisol and can add to your stress. One cup a day is what we recommend to lift your mood and give you a boost.
4. Be organised. Each day write down the 3 most important tasks that need to get done (or started) for you to feel like you are on top of everything. Having a plan helps us to stay on track and feel on top of things.
5. Get Up Early. How you start your day will determine how you live your day. If you sleep in, skip breakfast and leave home in a rush, this is the rushed tempo you have set for your day! Instead, getting up early and having a morning routine that includes something you love, like exercise, will help you start your day on a positive thus reducing stress.
If you would like to talk to us about running a Stress, Mindfulness and Meditation workshop for your staff, please feel free to get in touch with us.
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