Stress and pressure are a big part of our daily lives. An increase in technology and the 24 / 7 culture that most of us encounter, has led to us being more accessible at all hours of the day and night.
Short bursts of pressure can be good for us and motivating. When we are in a state of constant alert, however, we can start to tip out of balance – things can then become stressful when we exceed our personal capacity to cope.
In order to get the right balance in life and be able to cope with whatever comes your way, it is fundamental that you build up your resilience levels.
Here are our top tips:
- Take time to consider how satisfied you are with each area of your life. If one area is causing dissatisfaction, set yourself some goals to get it back on track. Dissatisfaction with work life balance is the biggest cause of mental ill-health so don’t let yours tip out of balance.
- Exercise is the best thing to raise your endorphin levels, your bodies natural happy hormone which counter balances the negative ones flying around in your system when the pressure is on. You don’t have to do an hour in the gym, even a brisk walk will give you a boost.
- Keep a check on the toxins. When stress levels go up we reach for something to make us feel better. Things like alcohol compete with nutrients such as vitamin B to get into your cells and the alcohol wins. Vitamin B is one of the things you need in your system to combat stress so you will end up depleting yourself rather than what you had hoped to achieve. Everything in moderation.
- A healthy diet is the best option. Keep a check on your sugar in-take as it is one of the most potent immune system suppressants. You need your immune system in tip-top shape for personal resilience. Foods that support your system for dealing with pressure and supporting relaxation include leafy green vegetables such as spinach, turkey, salmon, nuts and seeds, even a little good quality dark chocolate can help with relaxation. The options are endless and remember – you are literally what you eat.
- Take time out to switch off from work. Have time with family and friends, find hobbies that give you alternatives to bring creativity in and take time for relaxation. Techniques for meditation and mindfulness can bring in enormous benefits.
There are many things you can do to manage pressure and ensure you don’t tip into stress. We have given you our top 5. Think about what you can do to boost your own resilience. Be kind to yourself and make a change today. No matter how small, it can be the foundation of positive changes that can continue to build.