6 Steps to Manage Stress

Lets not hide away from the fact that life is stressful, also sad and disappointing at times. We get so easily caught up in the hurry, the chaos and social expectations, which can make us feel frazzled, unhealthy and possibly loathing life or the situation. Definitely not good for mental health. Here I have put together a few ideas to help you manage stress.

What is Stress?

Stress is directly linked to the hormone Cortisol. This is the main stress hormone that activates the ‘fight or flight’ response. It is supposed to help you handle stress but when you live a stressful life, you end up flooding your body with Cortisol too often, upsetting the balance.

The opposite hormone is Oxytocin, aka the love hormone. It can also be referred to as the anti-stress hormone which encourages you to hug, cuddle and nurture, overall to make you feel great.

It is best if they work in balance, however many of us are guilty of producing too much Cortisol and too little Oxytocin!

Stress can cause the following issues:

There are more but these are just to name a few.

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6 Steps to Stress Management

  1. Make one simple change rather than trying to change a load of things at once.
  2. Plan ahead to reduce stress.
  3. Create boundaries so you can make time for self-care.
  4. Connect with others – REAL PEOPLE!
  5. Practice deep breathing or meditation (only has to be 5 minutes if that’s all you have).
  6. Get some Vitamin J – Joy over Stress. We cannot eliminate all stresses but we can add in more joy. Simply noticing the small things around us has an impact on the chemicals in our brain.

Above are some manageable steps to try to reduce and manage stress in your everyday life. As I explained before, we actually need a certain level of stress to ensure our senses are in check. However, if you are experiencing some of the things mentioned within this post, or aware that stress may be affecting you, then give these a try.

If you feel you need further assistance with regards to your health and stress, please make an appointment with your GP.

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2 responses to “6 Steps to Manage Stress”

  1. Beth Gray says:

    Great reminder that it’s one small change at a time!

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