April is Stress Awareness Month, it is estimated the UK spends the sum of £26bn a year on stress-related illness. There are usually two manifestations; the physical, which is often alleviated once the cause is removed, and the emotions, which cause the body to keep on responding.
In present society, makes people adrenaline-driven, activating the sympathetic nervous system, in order to rush about and complete tasks.
Tension causes the muscles to seize up. A constricted position can create a build-up of lactic acid. Stress causes physical illnesses, hypertension, hyperventilation, disrupted or increased sleep patterns, loss or gain in appetite, irrationality, recklessness, and exacerbation of phobias.
People need to feel resourced and recharged in order to cope better.
In order to combat stress, the following five techniques are a proven stress busting techniques to beat your stress:
1) Better dental hygiene
People should brush their teeth properly, for at least two minutes, twice a day. The bacteria that cause gum disease can also cause narrowing of the arteries, giving rise to major health problems.
Stretching can be a powerful relaxation technique for both your body and mind, as it can be equated with a cessation of work, thereby reducing physical and mental stress. Always relax into a stretch, do not strain, and hold for 15 to 30 seconds.
3) Get a good night’s sleep
The body needs quality sleep for learning new skills and mental alertness. Poor sleep patterns are detrimental to everyday life and good health. People who have sleep problems should follow a preparation plan every night, so that the body and mind are relaxed and programmed for rest. As a guideline, seven hours sleep a night is the minimum amount required for recharging the brain.
Practice relaxation and breathing, in through the nose and out through pursed lips. Try to keep your breathing shallow and allow the lungs to fill by expanding the stomach rather than the chest. Imagine that the air is coming in through the top of your head and sliding down the vertebrae. Feel a warm glow, radiating out right to the ends of your fingers and toes.
Laughter is a great stress reliever. It releases endorphins and boosts the immune system. Laughter gives a warm glow, a feeling of release and a lowering of pressure.
In conclusion, people need to know their limitations, weaknesses and strengths. They need to look at time management, goa1-setting, task delegation, and consciously putting some time aside, each day to relax and gain benefit from a healthy lifestyle.
Equating ‘time off’ with a hobby is a good way of learning to relax. Also, look after your feet. A well-conditioned foot and leg muscles provide good posture and support for the whole body.
Blog post by Kathleen Turnbull BA Hons BAWLA AoR FHT CNHC REPs