We’re living through pretty stressful times. Over the past few months, there have been all sorts of disasters around the world. 2020 started with major bushfires in Australia. The following months saw the rapid spread of coronavirus and the resultant spike of deaths from Covid-19 – a contagious disease that has subsequently seen us all have to spend the vast majority of our time indoors and away from other people. A rise in US police brutality and documented murders has sparked an uprising for equality. There’s a lot going on and it’s a lot to take in. We’re adjusting to new ways of life and many of our stress levels are currently through the roof. But the good news is that there are a number of ways you can reduce your experience of stress on a day to day basis. Here are a few that you might want to try out.
Stress is a natural emotion. Our bodies developed it in order to let us know when we need to be alert for our own safety and in order to trigger our fight or flight response when necessary. So, experiencing stress from time to time when faced with troubling, dangerous or intimidating situations is fine. But if you are experiencing stress on a daily basis, this isn’t good for your physical health or your mental health. You may need to seek help to put this right. A doctor will be able to examine you and diagnose any underlying conditions that may be causing stress. They can then set you on the right path of treatment. It’s also important to know you’re not alone when you’re feeling this way. There are plenty of support systems out there. This could be your doctor or a therapist. It could be your family and friends. It could be a support group. It could be a helpline. Just know you can reach out!
There’s high demand for stress reducing products and services out there and the market is catering to them. So, take a look at different stress reducing products and services that you might want to try out. There are ranges of calming teas, including ingredients like chamomile. There are pillow sprays scented with lavender to help you wind down and get off to sleep at night. You could go for a massage, which will loosen knots and your muscles. There’s bound to be something out there that you’ll like and that works for you.
Exercise reduces your body’s production of the stress hormone cortisol. It also encourages the release of feel good chemicals and hormones – serotonin, for example. So, try to get your weekly recommended exercise.
These are just a few things you can do to reduce your stress levels on a daily basis. It may take a little trial and error before you find exactly what works for you. But hopefully, something listed above will prove effective and useful!