While everyone experiences stress and anxiety sometimes, the events of 2020 meant that more people than usual faced unprecedented levels of uncertainty and worry. Prolonged stress can have a profound impact on not only the mind, but also the body, and both our mental and physical health can suffer. It is important that we do not let stress take over our lives, and there are actions we can take to alleviate its symptoms. If, like many people, you are heading in to 2021 with a lot on your mind and more than your fair share of anxieties and stress, here are seven tips that might help.
Take time to think through your worries
When you find yourself obsessing and stressing about a particular topic or problem, take a step back, and try to think about it a little differently. Describing the problem in simple terms, what you could do to address the problem, and being realistic about the worst-case scenario can help to put the problem into perspective. In some situations, you might not have any control over a situation’s outcome, and simply realising this can help you to let go of some of the anxiety.
Talk to someone you trust
Talking through a problem with someone you trust can be helpful as they can provide support, advice, a different perspective, or simply help you to vent your emotions. Give your best friend or a compassionate family member a call or arrange to meet for coffee. If you are not able to reach out to someone you know, there are numbers you can call for support in times of emotional crisis.
Try breathing exercises
Shake up your diet
The foods we eat can have a big impact on how our bodies manage stress. When stressed, our bodies go into ‘fight or flight’, a state of emergency when our immune system is weaker, and our blood pressure rises. In addition, our body craves high-calorie fatty and sugary foods as it tries to prepare to run away from or fight a threat. We should be turning to nutritious foods that provide healthy energy like fruits, vegetables, fish, and omega-3 fatty acids.
It is also worth reducing your intake of coffee as caffeine can make anxiety worse. Tea, on the other hand, contains healthy antioxidants and amino acids that calm the nervous system. Click here for more information on stress-relieving teas.
Try CBD supplements
Cannabidiol or CBD is one of the many ingredients in marijuana, but unlike tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, it does not have a psychoactive effect causing the ‘high’ associated with marijuana. CBD has, however, been found to have several health benefits, including the potential to alleviate stress and anxiety. CBD can be taken in a variety of ways. Head over to Vape CBD World to look at their range of CBD products.
Improve your sleep routine
A poor sleep routine will make it much harder to cope with stress, and over time can have a significant impact on your physical and mental health. It is important that you try to sleep for at least seven hours each night to give your body time to repair and refresh your energy so you can take on the day.
Get some exercise
Some people do not realize that exercise does not have to be exhausting or intense to be of benefit. Taking a short walk or stretching can be enough to trigger the release of endorphins and boost your mood.
How do you manage stress?