Most of us feel stress at some point in our week and want help in how to relieve stress both at home and work.
The NHS has some great advice on how to relieve stress, anxiety and depression
Professor Cary Cooper, an occupational health expert at the University of Lancaster says,
The keys to good stress management are building emotional strength, being in control of your situation, having a good social network, and adopting a positive outlook.
Understanding when you feel stressed, and when stress is building is the first step in managing your situation. Then taking action to minimise the stressful situation will give you the tools and experience to live a calmer, more balanced life.
You don’t have to spend a great deal of time meditating every day, and even if you find this approach out of your comfort zone, it’s well worth spending just 5-10 minutes on a meditation to just check in with your mind and body.
Take the time to notice how you feel. Notice how your body feels and what’s happening around you. Do it in a quiet, calm area and tell yourself it’s time for you to manage the stresses on your daily life.
Melissa Ambrosini does a variety of really helpful short meditations on her podcast every week. Take a look - she's one of my faves!
When we are busy and feeling stressed, often we don’t want to take time away from our busy to-do list to help our minds.
However, just taking a 30 minute walk each day is a huge stress buster and clears the mind and soul.
Do an exercise class a few times a week; it’s a great way to meet people too. Or log onto YouTube and find a quick HIIT session to follow or a Pilates class to join in with.
My fav workout queens that you should consider checking out are Nikki Gundy and get inspired from her Instagram page here. Also Kate Rowe-Ham who does a workout every morning that you can follow along with.
We’ve talked before about the importance of good time management skills, particularly for work related stress.
Planning and managing your time helps you feel more in control, enables you to juggle your jobs and be better prepared for any eventuality.
Using your Hello Day planner really helps to effectively plan your time and prioritise your tasks.
Spending time out in nature is a huge way to relieve stress. Nature can calm us, ground us and lowers anxiety levels. It’s a very easy way to ease your mind and help improve happiness.
Take a walk as we mentioned above and enjoy the outdoors. Marvel at the trees, check out the flowers and listen to the birds.
Woodland walks help make you feel more at one with nature, it clears the mind and helps put your worries into perspective.
When we are stressed and overworked, we have a tendency to eat badly. We snack, we grab something quickly, or worse, eat nothing at all.
Take the time to plan a cooking session into your day. Ensure you eat something you enjoy, something that nurtures your body, gives you energy and makes you feel good. In a survey to Hello Day customers last year, many people found the weekly planning pages ideal for basic meal planning for the week ahead.
Spending time on yourself is rewarding but fuelling your body and mind in the right way will empower you to take better care of yourself in the long-term.
And in turn you relieve stress and manage anxieties so much more.
Affirmations are positive statements you say to yourself each day to help change your negative thoughts. The more you say them, the more you believe them, and your behaviour begins to change.
Tell yourself something positive every morning to help change your mindset and approach to stress.
“Today I will manage my time and have a stress-free day”
One of our favourite new additions to our planner is our Monday Pep Talk, which is an affirmation that you say out loud to get your week started off the best way possible!
Writing things down is a positive way to relieve stress, reduce anxiety and manage your time.
Using a planner can help you keep track of your life day to day, but also acts as a place to monitor your wellbeing.
Record your food plan for example or the amount of water you drink. Plan in your exercise and activity to ensure you follow through. And record your affirmations where you will see them regularly.
Better still, buy a planner that includes affirmations and daily prompts for many of the elements covered in this blog! At Hello Day we know first hand the benefits of living out these habits, which is why we include them in our planners.
There are lots of ways to relieve stress and you must find techniques that work for you. These are our recommended 7 daily tasks which help us but you might have other suggestions.
We would love to know what you do to beat stress.
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How much of a positive difference can 10 minutes make to my life?
You’d be surprised!
Ever heard of a 10-minute accomplishment? If you haven’t, you don’t have a Hello Day daily planner (they’re the bomb!). But that’s ok – this blog’s for everyone!