Even though we are now out of lock down, stress will continue to be a factor for some, especially as it may still be difficult to see loved ones.
Try to avoid mindless over-eating, and make sure you get adequate breaks if working from home.
Small problems can add up, increasing your stress levels, and sometimes lead on to other mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
There are many apps that may help in combating stress, but also a number of traditional techniques that have been used successfully for years:
When you feel stressful, try focusing on your breathing; inhale for 4 counts and then exhale for 8 to regulate your fight or flight response. This will send a message to your brain to calm down and relax.
Checkout this video by Dr Jo demonstrating some simple breathing techniques:
Consider making a to-do list
Planning in advance can help you to prioritise your week.
Doing this can give you a sense of accomplishment and make tasks feel less stressful.
If you are working from home as a part of hybrid working system, why not go outside for an hour to get away from your desk and computer.
According to experts, exposure to sunlight reduces stress levels, increases your productivity and helps your sleep, by allowing your body to produce more of the hormone melatonin.
Having an antioxidant-rich diet of fruit and veg can help reduce symptoms of stress.
Antioxidants can help protect you against the cell damage that free radicals cause, known as oxidative stress.
The types of food you can eat to provide some specific antioxidants include the following:
- Vitamin A: Dairy produce, eggs, and liver
- Vitamin C: Most fruits and vegetables, especially berries, oranges, and bell peppers
- Vitamin E: Nuts and seeds, sunflower and other vegetable oils, and green, leafy vegetables
- Beta-carotene: Carrots, peas, spinach, and mangoes
- Lycopene: Pink and red fruits and vegetables, including cooked tomatoes and watermelon
- Lutein: Green, leafy vegetables, corn, papaya, and oranges
- Selenium: Rice, corn, wheat, and other whole grains, as well as nuts, eggs, cheese, and legumes
Be more active
Even though gyms have re-opened, you may not be comfortable in going back, or you may have decided to give up going to the gym altogether, so home-based exercises can help decrease the stress hormones cortisol & adrenaline and release feel good endorphins.
Even though we are currently out of lockdown, some people may still experience high levels of stress while trying to get back into some form of normality.
Remember to check on other people to see how they are doing. Helping others produces a ‘feel good’ factor.
Experts suggest trying to focus on the present moment and to take pleasure from the little things you can enjoy again now that restrictions have eased.
If watching or reading the news about coronavirus makes you feel anxious, try to limit your exposure to the media.
It is important to make sure that any information and advice you do read comes from sources that are up-to-date, trustworthy, and evidence-based.
To sum up, factoring in alternate ways of managing your stress, without resorting to apps, can sometimes be more beneficial. It’s always good to be take time away from your device.