Hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, the theme for this year’s Mental Health Awareness week is stress. Stress affects us all, so we’ve created our top tips to help cope with it - check them out below to start decreasing your stress levels today.
We’d all love an excuse for an extra-long sleep in, and what better reason than reducing the effects of stress? Getting a good night's sleep can help you tackle the day more effectively, and those who regularly have quality sleep have been shown to suffer less from stress related issues.
If you want a greater sense of peace in your life - remember to breathe. Meditating for just 10 minutes a day has been shown to help you feel more positive and prepared for the day ahead and can improve your overall happiness.
Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain, which can help to positively change our mood. Are you a gym hater? Exercise is really anything that gets your body moving outside of your usual activities - so this can be anything from riding your bike, playing with your kids and even a rigorous spring clean!
Eating a Balanced Diet
With summer on its way, this tip is quite fitting - but eating a balanced diet with lots of fruit, veg, fibre and protein helps you feel better year-round. It’s essential for proper cell and hormone function, which equips you to deal with stressful situations more effectively.
Talk to Someone
Talking things through with trusted people and having a good support network of friends and family is a great way to put your problems into perspective and get things off your chest.
Help other people
When you focus your attention on the needs of someone else, by small gestures of kindness, your stress levels can decrease. Volunteering and helping others has been shown to increase happiness.
As simple as these tips sound, they can often be easier said than done, but just prioritising a few, can make all the difference to your daily stress levels.
To find out more about Mental Health Awareness visit mentalhealth.org.uk