In this Western world, high stress levels are increasing. Feeling stressed is the norm rather than the exception. Scoring more than 5 / 10 for stress can have a serious effect on your physical or mental health. On-going low level stress affects our sleep, our immune system and our energy, ultimately high levels of ongoing stress are not sustainable and something will give.
We have many types of stress:
- Micro stresses
- Relationship stresses
- Time pressures and work stress
- Emails and social media
- Health stresses
- Specific time of day stresses (getting out of the house, kids home from school, bath time, dinner time)
- Blood sugar imbalance
- Lack of sleep
- Major stresses (death, divorce, aging parents, severe illness of us or loved one, moving house)
- Financial stress
- Fun Stresses (holidays, socials, staying with friends, travel)
Looking at this list and any other stress you have, start to see where you feel most stressed, and what changes you could make – awareness is the first step.
Some solutions might be organising your day better, getting help, delegating, improving communication, having a specific time for emails, support with budgeting, putting your phone out of sight, allowing more time for everything, and tailoring your social time and holidays to work for you – rather than you ‘should’ do.
The next stage is building in self care and relaxation – simple daily habits that easily bring stress down, such as having a bath, stroking your pet, laying on the bed for 10 minutes alone, listening to calming music in the car, going to bed earlier instead of watching the news, walking in nature, swapping sugar, caffeine and alcohol for fruit and herbal teas, and doing 10 minutes of breathing exercises.
Those who think they have no time for wellness, will sooner or later have to find time for illness!