Stress produces a chemical response in the body and the body under stress experiences the sensation “fight or flight.” The body is flooded with the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline to cope with the situation. The body believes it will stay and fight the threat or it will flee from the threat.
Stress can appear suddenly or can build up over a period of time resulting in a meltdown. Sudden stress could be felt when racing to pick up your child from school. Stress over a period could include a big work project that is due in a few months time.
There are a variety of ways to manage stress. Below are some easy to apply strategies that you can utilize anytime you are feeling stressed or are unable to cope. A great tip is to combine the strategies to ensure you are tackling your stress from different angles.
Tip 1: physical activity –
By performing physical activity such as walking, jogging or going to the gym you can de-stress and relax the mind. It works by releasing feel-good chemicals (endorphins) into the bloodstream which makes you feel good and also combats stress. So next time you feel a bit stressed, take a walk around the block you will feel better for it.
Tip 2: breathing exercises/meditation –
By taking deep breathes you can relax the mind and put it into a state of relaxation. Headspace does a great meditation app (link) where you can meditate and relax and Youtube is another great source of resources.
Check out our other post here about meditation benefits for mental health.
Tip 3: supplementation –
Check out our post on top supplements to take when you have Bipolar.
Tip 4: good time management –
Being organised and having a plan to manage your day is helpful in being able to minimize stress. Using a simple scheduling tool like Microsoft Outlook combined with your email or if you have a business a tool such as Scoro which combines your scheduling with a billing tool.
Tip 5: talking to someone –
Talking to someone whether it is a friend or a family member is a great way to unwind and to process your thoughts. Simply having a conversation with someone helps you to put things in perspective and reflect. A loved one might be able to give you a different perspective and you may be able to address some issues that you are going through in your life.
Tip 6: self-love strategies –
There are many self-love strategies that you can implement when you are feeling stressed, some of these including; taking a bath, using essential oils like lavender, taking a walk or even reading a book.
Tip 7: sleep –
Sometimes when we are stressed all we really need is a good sleep to turn off the mind and to relax the body. Sleeping is a great way to deal with stress.
Tip 8: write it down –
The act of writing down your thoughts onto a bit of paper allows you to get the information out of your head and onto paper and, means there is one less thing you need to worry about. You may like to journal your thoughts at the end of the day to unwind or you may like to create to-do lists of things you might need to do. Whatever works for you, stick by it.
These are just some of the tips that we recommend if you are feeling stressed and need some time away from your work or home life. Mix them up so that you are applying different strategies to your life.