In today’s world of modern technology, it seems no coincidence that stress and anxiety levels are at an all-time high. We’re finding it increasingly more difficult to stay in the present moment, and this is halting our ability to relax fully. There are, of course, other factors that can cause feelings of stress, such as having too many responsibilities. No matter the cause of your negative emotions, it’s important to try and combat them for the benefit of your own mental and physical health. So, what exactly can you do to avoid the onset, or reduce the intensity of stress and anxiety?
Be more active
Although some people perceive the body and mind as being separate, there is evidence that suggests the way we treat our physical body can have a direct impact on our mental state. Engaging in physical activity, no matter how strenuous, can have positive effects on our mental wellbeing – in the short term, creating an instant mood lift, and in the long term, putting us in a better, stronger position to face life’s challenges. If exercise isn’t normally to your liking, try finding a form of exercise that you enjoy – such as gentle yoga or dancing. Simply moving more regularly, no matter how, will set you up for a better day.
Communicate with others
At Huntington and Langham Estate, we believe a problem shared really is a problem halved. Speaking to someone you trust about your issues instantly offloads some of the stress, whilst the other person can offer their perspective on the situation – helping you see it in a different light. Spend time talking to your friends or family members about your troubles, and ensure you engage in some fun activities with them – not only will this lift your mood, but it will also help to distract the mind.
Remember that everything is temporary
When you’re feeling down, it can be really helpful to remind yourself that nothing lasts forever. As humans, we’re biologically wired to fluctuate emotionally, so it’s inevitable that we’ll all experience ‘down days’ at some point. Rather than fight feelings of stress, try to accept how you’re feeling and let go of things that you can’t control. Engage in activities that bring you joy, and try living more mindfully, paying attention to the present moment.
Try relaxation exercises
Mindful and relaxing exercises have most definitely gained traction in recent years, given their positive effects on our mental and physical wellbeing. Regularly engaging in activities that encourage the mind and body to relax is great for our long-term health, helping to reduce blood pressure, feelings of stress and encouraging us to become the best version of ourselves. Meditation is an increasingly popular practice, encouraging self-awareness and a deep cleanse of the mind. Similarly, yoga calms the mind whilst offering physical benefits, such as improving blood flow and improving your bone health.
Simply living more mindfully can have highly positive effects on our mental state. Try to avoid multitasking and focus on the activity at hand, giving it all of your attention. Living in the moment can really help us to appreciate and feel grateful for what we do have.
At Huntington and Langham Estate, we’re dedicated to spreading positivity wherever we can, encouraging our people to socialise with others and take part in enjoyable activities. To find out more about our care, please click here.