6 simple ways to beat stress

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Pretty much everyone encounters stress at some point in their lives, so hears the PHASE 6 point guide to beating it. 

If you have any stress beating tips of your own to add, feel free to share them at the bottom of the article or tweet @phasecic with your suggestions using #andbreathe

Stress can cause emotional problems like feeling anxious, angry or depressed. You might feel physical symptoms such as a fast heart rate, muscle pain, tiredness or headaches. Stress can also make it hard to sleep which then makes your symptoms even worse.

Although stress is often unavoidable, how you deal with it can reduce its effect on your daily life.

Understanding how to deal with stress will help you resist turning to unhelpful ways of coping; like smoking or drinking – which often makes your stress worse.

Here are a few simple ways to make sure you don’t let stress get the better of you:

1. Identify what’s making you stressed

Lots of things make us feel stressed, from money worries, personal issues and problems at work or college to life changing events the effect us all.

It can take time to sit and pin-point exactly what’s making you feel stressed. The true cause is often something you would never have expected, like an ongoing relationship, sudden event or something in your life you have become used to dealing with.

Getting a better understanding of why you are stressed is the first step to helping yourself tackle it.

2. Accept the things you cannot change

We all like to feel in control of our lives. But its not always possible to be in complete control of everything. Accepting that some things in life are just the way they are, regardless of how much effort you put into changing it can be a useful release of stress.

The effect of this can be doubled if you then focus on the things that you can improve.

Don’t be too hard on yourself, forgive yourself, no one is perfect and remember we all make mistakes.

3. Get organised  

This will make you feel more in control of your time. Make a list of the things you need to do for the day. Make sure you make time to do activities you enjoy, as well as activities you have to get done.

4. Make small lifestyle changes 

You’ll be surprised how much difference small changes can make.

Eating a healthy and balanced diet, getting enough sleep and trying some relaxation techniques will help you feel better and make it easier to cope with problems without getting stressed.

5. Give yourself a break

Giving yourself a change of scenery every so often can be a great stress buster. This could be a holiday or something as simple as going for a nice relaxing walk. Make time for your friends and family and talk things through.

6. Get help

If you’re suffering with ongoing stress which is effecting your day to day life, then it’s usually best to talk to your GP who will be happy to help you. According to the NHS website, 20 % of all visits to a GP are related to stress and anxiety.

Some useful links:

NHS Mood Self Assessment

Relaxation tips from the NHS

Coping with money worries

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