Monday, 18 June 2018

Healthy Habits That Can Help You Beat Stress

Are you very busy and a bit stressed out? You’re not alone. Lots of people are feeling more and more stressed these days and it can really get you down. Whether it’s due to caring responsibilities, a demanding job or just the normal strains of everyday life, it’s normal to feel a bit overwhelmed at times. Luckily, for most people there are some tangible things you can do to help you feel better. 

Combating stress is about developing healthy habits that you can do every day, and which increase your resilience when the going gets tough. Here are ten different ideas for beating stress, whether that’s knowing what a healthy BMI is, to getting on top of your snacking or indulging in some escapism with the latest page-turning novel.

  1. Snack healthy: It’s easy to eat badly when you have a busy life, but this often just makes us feel worse. If unhealthy food or body issues are contributing to your feeling low, tackle this head on. Learn about what is a healthy BMI and what yours is, essentially this number can help you decide whether you need to change your eating habits. For those looking to reduce their BMI, focusing on healthy, wholesome snacks that will keep you fuller for longer is a good place to start – think raw nuts or crunchy fruit and veg.

  2. Try a mindfulness routine: All the rage these days, mindfulness can really do wonders for stress! Try an app or course and integrate it into your daily life for a bit of zen-like calm. 

  3. Listen to your favourite music: Hearing familiar tunes is a great stress-reliever. Find some albums you haven’t listened to for a while, put on noise-cancelling headphones and relax. 

  4. Reduce screen-time: Checking your phone, looking at social media – these can all contribute to stress. Try having short periods when you look at your phone and then leave it in a different room.  

  5. Spend time in nature: All humans need a bit of greenery and fresh air now and then. Go for a hike, do some wild swimming, whatever you need to get you into the great outdoors! 

  6. Do Yoga: Yoga is a great stress-reliever and also a good way to meet new friends. Find a class near you and give it a go. Don’t worry if you can’t do all the poses straight-away, simply being in a relaxing and quiet room for an hour will be good for you.  

  7. Go dog-walking: Time with animals is a known stress–reliever and you can increase the impact by combining this with time outside. If you don’t have a dog yourself try registering on a dog-walking app that allows you to borrow someone else’s once in a while.

  8. Volunteer in your community: Doing something for others is a great way to get out of your own head. Search online or speak to a local volunteering coordinator for ideas.

  9. Attempt a run: Many people swear by running as a major stress-reliever. But don’t worry, it’s not about the distance, just a short jog or swift walk will give the same results.  

  10. Read (real!) Books: Avoid the screen and indulge in a little me time by getting into a novel. Immersing yourself in someone else’s life is a great way to forget your own troubles for a while, and there’s nothing better than a story you just can’t put down.  Those are our top ten tips for de-stressing. There are loads of other options – the trick is to find relaxing activities you enjoy and integrate them into your everyday life!

Disclosure: Guest post contribution by Claudia Gimeno who works with Pro-active. Please note I was not compensated for this post.

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