Are you feeling anxious – I know I am. What about? To be honest I am not actually sure, it’s more of a general feeling. It is well known that women are the “worrying sex”. The pressures of daily life are taking its toll and the constant struggle to juggle family life, work life and a social life certainly leave me us in anxious state. The truth is, there is always something to do or someone to worry about, but this build up of stress and anxiety can lead to a massive weight loss or gain, neither of which is healthy or sustainable.
So, what is the solution? This week I’ve been trying out some techniques to bring my levels of stress and anxiety down and here are my five top tips:
- Make some ‘me’ time
Whether you manage to get a whole hour or can only squeeze in five minutes, take some time for yourself. Go for a walk, put on some relaxing music or just put your feet up with a cup of tea. It doesn’t matter when it is or for how long, the most important thing is you take some time for just yourself and no one else
- Get Active
Exercise helps both the body and mind to distress. It enables you to clear your mind and focus on something else if only for a short while. With the warmer evenings I’ve been taking an evening walk.
- Focus on the right now
A lot of the time worry, stress and anxiety comes from a situation which has not and potentially will not happen. Remind yourself that everything is ok right now, then sit down and create an action plan to make yourself feel better about the situation and the best way to deal with it going forward.
- Get enough sleep
The recommended number of hours for an adult is eight. Your body needs rest and the less it has the more likely your anxiety levels are to rise. I’m a terrible insomniac, so I really do know how damaging a sleepless night or three can be.
- Reduce your caffeine intake
It may seem like some days coffee is the only thing getting you through, but in actual fact too much caffeine can lead to heart palpitations and an over active nervous system, all of which only hinders lowering your stress and anxiety levels.
We women are the queens of multi-tasking, but there comes point when it all gets too much and our stress levels get the better of us. These small changes can really make a huge difference, so whether you use all five or just one of these tips, I wish you all an enjoyable and stress free weekend!