5 Top Tips to Beat Stress
1. Write a list
Grab a pen and paper and write down all the things you are worried about. Include everything. Next, write down how you will deal with each thing and, once you’ve finished, place your list in a drawer or pocket with easy access. Whenever you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious, or imagining what could go wrong, you can read through your list to remind yourself that you have already thought about these things and decided what to do. There’s no point going over it again!
2. Take time out
It’s impossible to think clearly when you’re stressed or flooded with anxiety, so the first thing to do is take time out to relax. Even just making a cup of tea or going for a short walk can help. As soon as you feel stress or anxiety building you can slow it down by using a simple breathing exercise.
The quickest one I know that really engages the parasympathetic nervous system – the ‘rest and digest’ response to counterbalance ‘fight or flight’ – is to simply breathe out for twice as long as you breathe in for a few minutes.
No number counting or tricky techniques to remember. Try it – it works!
3. Be mindful
Being present in the moment will stop your imagination from racing ahead and overloading. Use a breathing technique like the one above if you feel stressed or anxious, and try to get out in nature every day. Whatever you’re doing, stop and actively notice everything about it. Employ each of your senses to become fully aware of everything you can in that exact moment, from the taste in your mouth to the colours in front of you, the smell that you catch and the sounds which surround you. You might even be aware of the feel of something beneath your feet or fingertips. Make a mental note of every one of your senses, from around and within you.
4. Talk to your GP
If you find that you have started to avoid certain things or situations, or feel overwhelmed by stress and anxiety, talk to your doctor so that they can rule out any physical cause. Certain medical conditions can cause anxiety and it’s important to get the proper treatment. Some people find that a short course of medication can help to reduce their anxiety so that they can concentrate on creating a better future – such as improving their relationships at home, finding a new job or embarking on a healthy eating plan and exercise programme.
5. Contact a therapist
Instead of allowing stress to build up and your mind to worry about all the things that might go wrong, harness the power of your vivid imagination so that it works for you, not against you. Specialist therapy techniques will help you visualise exactly how you do want things to work out, how you do want to feel, working with the unconscious part of your brain where anxiety and stress originate. Your therapist will also teach you techniques you can use at home, so that you can take control and start each day with enthusiasm, full of confidence and free from worry.
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