Today is National Stress Awareness Day! Stress can lead us to feel overwhelmed and unable to cope, and is really detrimental to our mental wellbeing. During this time, we know that you may all be feeling additional pressure and stress, and so we're sharing some tips and coping mechanisms that you may find useful, to reduce your stress levels throughout the next month...
?Check out our tips for reducing stress below:
- Create a little box of Happiness: Looking back at happy memories, photographs or small items that help you to unwind is a great way to relax. You could get crafty and fill the box with some DIY de-stress items such as these DIY Stress Balls / BSL Arts & Crafts Stress Balls.
- Welcome Distractions: Remember to take regular breaks from whatever work you're doing, and do something that makes you feel good! You could have a bit of paper and pencil nearby to doodle or write on at your desk, giving you a little break from typing and looking at a screen. Or you could schedule in time to listen to your favourite music, watch your favourite movie or eat your favourite food!
- Reach out: Talking to someone can really help us to de-stress and you should never be afraid to tell someone how you're feeling. Perhaps you could have a video chat with a close relative or friend, or talk to a support volunteer via services like SHOUT 85258. Remember, always ask for help and support if you need it. There is always support available for you.
- Move your body: Exercise doesn't have to mean pushing yourself to do strenuous activity. It could simply be doing some simple stretches and breathing exercises during the day. Check out some accessible and relaxing exercises that reduce stress here. The Nook in Coventry, is also planning to host some Yoga workshops online - Check out their website. Also, make sure you don't stay in the same place/room for too long. Even though we are in lockdown, you can still go outside to move around and get some fresh air safely.
- Try a little Mindfulness: There are many online mindfulness activities to take part in. You could try something creative like adult colouring (check out this free colouring book download here) Or you could try out some mindfulness and wellbeing podcasts, like those by the Mental Health Foundation, available for free here. The BBC also has some incredibly relaxing videos that you can for mindfulness, take a look!
Got some of your own top tips? Share them in the comments below!
If you do find yourself in a situation where you feel you need mental health support, there are services available to you: