Stress is something we will all experience in our lives. At the moment in particular, as pupils return to school, and restrictions are starting to lift, we are all acutely aware of its impact on our lives.
However, there are a number of reasons why we may feel under pressure at different times. This pressure can sometimes be helpful, keeping us focused and helping us complete tasks.
However, stress becomes a problem when we are unable to cope with these pressures and become overwhelmed and at times physical, emotional and behavioural symptoms develop.
Physical symptoms of stress include:
- Aches and pains.
- Chest pain or a feeling like your heart is racing.
- Exhaustion or trouble sleeping.
- Headaches, dizziness or shaking.
- High blood pressure.
- Muscle tension or jaw clenching.
- Stomach or digestive problems
- Exercise is one of the most important things you can do to combat stress. Taking your dog out for a walk or playing football in the park with your friends.
- Light a candle especially one with essential oil may help reduce your feelings of stress and anxiety. Some scents are especially soothing, like lavender and rose. Find one that suits you best.
- Reduce your caffeine intake. If you notice that caffeine makes you jittery or anxious, consider cutting back. People have different thresholds for how much caffeine they can tolerate.
- Write it down. Gratitude may help relieve stress and anxiety by focusing your thoughts on what’s positive in your life. There are several super journals on the market in all colours and sizes.
- Chew gum. A recent study showed that people who chewed gum had a greater sense of wellbeing and lower stress. One possible explanation is that chewing gum causes brain waves similar to those of relaxed people. Another is that chewing gum promotes blood flow to your brain.
- Spend time with friends and family. This has been incredibly difficult over the last few months but now that the restrictions are lessening organise some fun outings with those who you have missed.
- Laugh. It’s hard to feel anxious when you’re laughing. It’s good for your health, and there are ways it may help relieve stress by relieving your stress response and relieving tension by relaxing your muscles. In the long term, laughter can also help improve your immune system and mood.Stress