Coping with stress

Too much stress, or prolonged stress can affect our physical and mental health. Taking steps to cope with situations we find stressful is important – here are 10 tips on how to manage stress:

1.     ACKNOWLEDGE THE STRESS - Start dealing with stress by acknowledging that you are currently experiencing it. This may seem oversimplified, but it is an important first step.

2.     MEDITATE - Meditation reduces the perceived severity of stress and pain. It also helps with pain-related depression and anxiety.

3.    PRACTICE SELF CARE - Regularly taking time out to do something you love can go a long way towards overall stress reduction.

4.   CONNECT WITH PEOPLE The activities we do with friends and family help us relax. A good support network of colleagues, friends and family is an excellent stress reliever

5.  CLEAR THE CLUTTER - Taking a few moments at the end of each day to put things away can help you wake up with a clear space and a calm mind.

6.  BE ACTIVE - One of the best ways to manage the most stressful life events is with exercise. Just ten minutes of daily physical activity can be enough to reset your mental and emotional state.

7.   AVOID UNHEALTHY HABITS - Don’t rely on alcohol, smoking and caffeine as your ways of coping. It might provide temporary relief, but it won’t make the problems disappear. You need to tackle the cause of your stress

8.  EAT WELL - There are plenty of delicious, easy foods that are anti-inflammatory and help lower stress.

9.   GET SUPPORT - Simply talking to someone such as a friend, doctor or counsellor can help relieve stress. Don’t be afraid to ask for support

10.  MANAGE YOUR TIME- Give yourself time to get things done. Accept that you cannot do everything at once and start to prioritise and diarise your tasks

There is lots of support available in Surrey – contact us for more information:

Tel; 01483 590150

Email: thewelcomeproject@catalystsupport.org.uk

Web: www.thewelcomeprojectsurrey.co.uk