April is Stress Awareness Month so what better excuse than to relax, unwind and de-stress. Stress can contribute to many health issues from headaches to weight and blood pressure to insomnia. Here are our top tips for avoiding stress at home and in the workplace.
First and foremost, it’s important to keep a positive attitude. At the same time accept that there will be situations in your life that you cannot control.
Instead of tackling issues in an aggressive manner work on being assertive. Restrain from becoming angry, defensive, or passive and instead assert your feelings and opinions.
Learn and practice relaxation techniques such as yoga, meditation, or tai-chi. Breathing exercises, if you are stuck at your desk, can also help.
Believe it or not, regular exercise is a great way to de-stress. Whether it’s going for a walk, playing a team sport, or taking part in an exercise class.
Learn to say ‘no’ to requests that are likely to add stress to your life.
Make time for yourself, your interests, or hobbies. Whether that’s reading a book, working in the yard, or going to dinner with friends. We all need time out from our daily lives.
Make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Your body needs rest, especially if you are working towards a stressful event or after you have experience stress.
Avoid alcohol, drugs, or compulsive behaviors.
Spend time with those you enjoy the company of.
If you need to talk to someone there is always someone out there that will listen, including your doctor. It’s important to share your feelings so that we can provide support when needed.