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Practical tips for managing stress

Practical tips for managing stress

Everyone experiences stress of some kind in varying levels of intensity during their lives. The important issue is how people are affected by stress and how they react or respond to the situation.

Too much stress over an extended period of time can be harmful to physical and mental wellbeing and impact on your ability to function and live productively. Here are some practical tips for managing stress, maintaining your health and staying resilient that you can implement today:

1. Talk to someone you trust (partner, friend, colleague or helpline)

Talking is a great way to let off steam or get some perspective, and helps release negative or upsetting feelings from remaining hidden inside. Having someone to listen to you, or you to them reinforces that you are cared for and are valued. It won’t necessarily fix the problem, but will help start the process of identifying the problem and make you feel better knowing someone has listened to you.

2. Keep active

Regular exercise like going for a jog, a bike ride, walking your dog or swimming will help you feel good about yourself. As well as helping your body to stay healthy, you will also help your emotional wellbeing. Physical activity may even help to vent your frustrations from a situation or person, clear your mind and may help promote better sleeping habits.

3. Try to eat a healthy, well-balanced diet

Drinking plenty of water and consistently eating lots of fruit and vegetables can go a long way to improving your health and well-being and general energy levels. Try to limit alcohol, nicotine and caffeine, as these can contribute to feelings of anxiousness and discourage sleep.

4. Find time to do activities you enjoy

For example:

  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Participating in sports, games or hobbies
  • Writing, listening to music, reading
  • Going out, travelling, sight seeing
  • Practicing relaxation techniques

Doing the things you enjoy can help remind you of the wonderful things in life, as well as helping you to recharge your body and mind.

5. Have a health check-in with your General Practitioner

Knowing that your body is in sync is an important step in maintaining good health and resilience. Your GP can check your physical health and general wellbeing for any negative signs that stress may be causing. Seek urgent medical assistance if you are experiencing lack of sleep, loss of interest in activities you once enjoyed, loss of energy, distress or any other negative physical symptoms over a period of two weeks.

Remember, Lifeline is always available, 24/7.

Guest article by Megan Reynolds, Event and Partnership Coordinator for Lifeline WA

If you are in crisis, call Lifeline on 13 11 14.

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