Take Control of Your Long-term Stress

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Whether its physical or emotional, we’ve all experienced stress at some point in our lives and with our busy lives, stress, unfortunately seems to come with the territory.

Whether it’s work, or the kids, getting to all those Dr’s appointments, birthdays and holidays seem to be just around the corner, finding time for our social lives, or just the mountains of organising we have to do, it’s no wonder we can feel completely burnt out.

But how can we switch ourselves off from the pressure that is everyday life? Here, you’ll find some handy tips on how to manage your long-term stress and take back control.

Gardening

No, seriously! The idea of toiling and digging may sound psychically exhausting, and you’re right: it is! But Planting a beautiful garden can be a great way to relieve stress! Whether you have a small patio to decorate, or a vast amount of space to tend, the act of making your particular stretch of nature into a haven can be a stress reliever in itself, and the garden that you create can bring you even more peace.

For planting and tree ideas take a look at this website. Gardening allows your imagination to run wild and did you know, that it’s been scientifically proven that the benefits of gardening in terms of stress, are huge. And you don’t have to create a Japanese zen garden to achieve peace and tranquility either!

Stone with an inscription carved into it

Set yourself a goal

It’s all about investing in a positive distraction from your everyday life. Setting yourself goals and challenges, whether at work or outside, such as learning a new language or training for a race, can help you switch off from the high pressures of daily life – and build your confidence.

Don’t forget to socialise

We all know that friendships often take a backseat when we hit adulthood. Being grown-up and having other responsibilities seems to put things on hold. But you may find that good friends understand and are more than likely in exactly the same position as you!

So, make a habit of seeing friends and loved ones at least once a week. If your schedule makes this impossible, squeeze in a call every so often for a chat – and a giggle. Socialising and taking part in activities is the perfect stress reliever as interaction can naturally help you unwind, and talking things through with a friend will also help you find solutions to your problems.

Enjoy some “you” time

Easier said then done, right? The time between the kids going to bed and you heading upstairs can seem quicker than the blink of an eye so the need for “me-time” can be overlooked.

But spending time on ourselves can have an incredibly positive impact on our day-to-day life – whether it be 10 minutes to pick out a new nail colour, a hot soak, or a good book in bed. Never underestimate or deny yourself some rest or relaxation, or just some time to invest in a hobby that you miss.

 


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