4 ways to combat stress

I’ve teamed up with, Hitesh Dodhia, Superintendent Pharmacist at PharmacyOutlet.co.uk, for some top tips on dealing with stress.

Let’s face it, stress is an inevitable part of life. With causes ranging from relationship worries to pressures at work, stress is a natural reaction for anybody faced with a demanding situation.

And if not properly managed, it can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure, heart problems and a weakened immune system.

With April being Stress Awareness Month, now is an ideal time to reflect on the impact stress is having on people across the country, and the helpful techniques that can be used to alleviate feelings of strain and pressure.

In light of this, next time you find yourself struggling under the weight of a stressful situation, here’s a list of five stress management tips you can use.

1.    Work it out

Exercise is a simple and effective way of reducing stress. It reduces feelings of anxiety, stress and depression by stimulating the production of endorphins – chemicals in the brain which act as a natural painkiller.

Exercise has also been proven to improve sleep patterns, self-confidence and self-esteem. Combine this with the physical benefits of exercise in improving an individual’s immune system, exercise is a fantastic way of relieving stress.

2.    Talk to people

When dealing with stress, it is important not to suffer in silence. Surround yourself with people you love and those you respect, as this will have a positive impact on your individual wellbeing.

Sometimes, simply talking through a stressful situation with a close-friend can lead to helpful advice. Moreover, regularly meeting up with friends for a social outing can provide you with an opportunity not to dwell on a specific situation that is causing you angst. This can help you revisit a seemingly stressful situation with a more open-mind.

3.    Have some ‘me time’

Work isn’t everything in life, and people need time to relax, unwind and just be themselves.

Without some regular and high-quality me time, stress can build-up and creep into the way you handle day-to-day activities. Create a list of your favourite hobbies, such as reading a book or going for hikes, and make sure you do these often.

4.    Be positive

Admittedly, being positive is easier said than done; once you start feeling stressed it can be hard to not to let anxiety and stress overwhelm you. A good method is to write down the situation you are facing, listing the key challenges, potential benefits and proposed solutions.

By simply mapping out the issue at hand, you can adopt a strategy which has a clear sense of purpose in overcoming a stressful situation.

Following these four simple steps will not only help those confronted by a stressful situation; they also promote people to adopt healthier lifestyle and encourage a positive perspective on things. Of course, if the feeling of stress becomes too overwhelming, always feel free to call upon your local pharmacist or GP to what you can do to help reduce your stress.


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