Looking to reduce stress? Here are 5 easy tips to help you keep on top of it all.
Stress is a fact of life. Whether it’s commuting to work early in the morning, managing household duties, or financial worries, there’s always something lurking in the corner of your mind that demands your attention.
To help you through Men’s mental health awareness week, here are 5 things that you can do to exercise your mind and manage the stress that’s been holding you back:
1. THE MINDFULNESS TECHNIQUE
This derives from a form of meditation that is practised in Buddhism. Mindfulness involves concentrating on the present moment whilst forgetting about negative past events and future concerns.
When practising mindfulness you should allow all thoughts to pass through your mind. Try not to attach any meaning to them and instead just pay attention to how your body feels. This technique teaches you to deal with things minute by minute and become aware of your surroundings. Practising mindfulness will, in time, grant you some freedom from stress. You’ll soon be aware that these thoughts are just that — thoughts. They do not have to restrict you from living the way you want to.
2. BREATHING TIPS
When you are stressed your breathing becomes erratic, this in turn raises your stress levels even more, creating a vicious cycle. Try taking a breath in through your nose, holding it for a few seconds, and then slowly letting the breath out through your mouth. Like with the mindfulness exercise above, allow all other thoughts to exit your mind.
Learning to manage your breathing when stressed will help you to remain in control.
3. LEISURE ACTIVITIES
It’s important that you take the time to do the things that make you happy. Activities such as writing, playing the piano, listening to music, yoga, cooking, reading, and photography are great for lowering stress levels.
Find out which activities help you relax and remember that doing things that you enjoy allow your brain to release chemicals that make you feel great and can improve your mental health.
4. GET ACTIVE
This covers a wide range of physical activity, any kind of exercise even. Why not try some yoga or even going for a run or a walk?
You could try doing these activities with a friend or two and combat stress whilst socialising. These exercises will help your brain produce endorphin’s, allowing you to manage your stress levels. Regular exercise will help you sleep better at night too, another effective way to reduce your stress levels.
5. CONNECTING WITH LOVED ONES
Mental health problems are a serious issue and it’s not healthy to bottle up all your stress and worries. Take that leap and open up to your support system of friends and family, don’t be afraid to talk about the problems you are having. Speaking with others will stop you feeling alienated and give you a chance to view things from a different perspective.
These are just some of the ways that you can get rid of your stress when completing day to day tasks. If you feel like you would benefit from some more support with dealing with stress, anxiety or other mental-health related problems, you can always get in touch with Neil Ward.
Author Bio – Neil Ward is the head of a counselling and psychotherapy clinic based in Glasgow. He helps patients with a variety of issues from depression to relationship counselling. Neil’s friendly but professional attitude has helped hundreds of clients suffering from depression, anger management, and relationship issues.