Stress is a normal and necessary part of life. It motivates us and helps us accomplish our goals. Too much, however, can negatively affect brain health and physical wellbeing.
How much is too much depends on you and how you respond to stress.
WHAT IS STRESS
Signs of stress
Stress is actually something most of us need in our lives. It motivates us and helps us accomplish our goals. Too much, however, can negatively affect brain health and physical wellbeing. The challenge is to manage your stress levels and make it work for rather than against you.
What are your stress triggers?
DE-STRESS YOUR BRAIN
Check-in with yourself daily
Ask yourself questions to try to understand your stress.
What am I feeling?
What thoughts are making me feel this way?
Why do I think these thoughts are true?
ASK FOR HELP
If you’re having a hard time, don’t be afraid to ask for help. It can be hard, especially if you feel you’ll be judged but sharing how you’re feeling is the first step in getting better. Start at home or seek professional help. And if you’re feeling nervous about seeing someone in person, online, remote therapy is more accessible these days.
A hug from a loved one can work wonders. Oxytocin, the ‘cuddle’ hormone is released with physical touch. It helps bring a sense of relaxation and can make you feel happier.
Is stress getting the better of you these days?
If there is one easy and very effective way to begin taking control of the stress in your life, is to incorporate relaxation exercises in your daily routine. While aerobic exercises, such as walking, riding a bicycle and jogging help reduce tension caused by stress, they usually do not provide total-body relaxation. A stress-busting exercise programme should also include stretching and breathing exercises to relax the muscles, decrease blood pressure, ease anxiety and calm the nerves.