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Being aware of our breath and allowing our thoughts and feelings to come and go without judgement can increase a sense of calm and inner peace, but like most things it takes time and practise. One of my favourite apps to use is an app called buddhify. It has guided meditations for when you are on the go; from riding the tube, to walking in a park, falling asleep to waking up and much more.
Coping With Stress: 7 Tips for Overcoming Life’s Obstacles
Stress is the body's response to when changes become overwhelming and unmanageable. We might have heightened responses, sometimes called the fight or flight response, which can cause us to feel anxious, frightened and stuck. Below are seven tips that may help you to manage your stress.
Get to to the root of the problem. Whether it is work that is causing us stress or it is something in our personal lives, it is important to establish where our stress may be coming from if we are to overcome it.
Take control of the things that you are able to. Often stress can make us act with a sense of urgency rather than a sense of agency. It is important to make decisions that satisfy you not anyone else. When situations or problems arise that are outside of our control, being boundaried, knowing our limits and when to say no are important for our wellbeing and are steps we can take to gain back control over our lives.
Connect with others. Connecting with friends, family, social groups and communities are important in giving us a sense of belonging to something larger than ourselves.
Be Active. Regular exercise is not just important for our physical health but can improve psychological wellbeing too. Whilst it won't eliminate our stress, excerise can help to clear our minds and calm the emotional intensity of our problems. It can also help us to feel more confident within ourselves.
Challenge yourself and learn something new. Stress isn't always a bad thing. Good stress can help us to feel more resilient and fullfilled. Challenging ourselves - good stress - to do something new which is out of our comfort zone can give us confidence and helps us to deal with the kind of stress that gives us ill health. Continual learning, like learning a new skill or language or starting a new project or task or working towards a goal can also help to reduce the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Take care of yourself. Life in London can be fast-paced, chaotic and overwhelming at times. We can feel pressured into working long hours often at the expense of our health. Yes, rent does need to be paid, but there is also only one of you so it's important to allow yourself a break as often as you can. Avoid using unhealthy habits (alcohol, smoking, caffeine, over-eating) to cope with your stress, it won't solve your problems, it will just create new ones. Give yourself permission to relax when you do take a break and don't be hard on yourself if you are struggling, it is what makes us human.
Get Support. There are times when we need some extra support in order to overcome our challenges. Perhaps we have experienced trauma or feel so overwhelmed that it is difficult to do it on our own. You can speak to your GP or a health professional that specialises in dealing with stress. Therapy is also a helpful way to talk through what is troubling us most, what's preventing us from moving forward and discovering ourselves so that we have the conviction and resilience to overcome what life throws at us.
Getting outside and into nature even for a short space of time has proven significant health benefits. Hiking, long walks and spending time in nature are some of the things you can do when outside that can help to improve mood, fight depression and increase brain functioning.
Sleep and Routine
It is important to get a good night's sleep so that we have the best chance of functioning healthily during the day. Having a routine and sticking to it can help you get a better night's sleep. Not using your phone an hour before bedtime and only using your bedroom for sleep and sex lets your brain know that you are ready to sleep when you get into bed. If you are unable to sleep, try going to a different room and reading a book until you feel sleepy and then go back to your room and try again. Waking up at the same time everyday, including on weekends, is also an important part in maintaining your routine.