April marks 2020’s National Stress Awareness Month. If you are feeling stressed, that’s okay! Here are some tips to help you feel more calm during the next few busy months:
Prioritise your health
- Set achievable goals– you don’t need to try and change or accomplish everything at once… we don’t want you to feel overwhelmed! Set small tasks and committ to achieving them. Make sure to acknowledge your great work!
- Find a good sleeping pattern for you– too many of us don’t get enough sleep every night and this really impacts our wellbeing and sense of self. Any habit is hard to make, but once you lock down your sleeping routine you’ll feel like a brand new person! You could try reading or meditating before bed so your mind recognises that it’s time to sleep.
- Drink more water and eat well– staying hydrated is key for our health as it provides so many benefits! We also find that if we eat well, we feel good! Having a healthy balanced diet decreases the amount of physical stress we put our bodies through, which makes us feel much better!
- Get moving– exercise is great for the mind and body. The endorphins make us feel great and help us sleep! There are loads of ways you can get moving, even as simple as going for a 20 minute walk!
- Positive mindset– minimise the negatives and maximise the positives. Of course we might have negative thoughts or experiences, but we don’t need to dwell on that. We can choose to think of something that makes us happy, like a pet or a funny meme-whatever works for you! This is a great habit to get in to that helps reduce stress.
- Be organised and say no– having a plan or an outline for your day helps us stay motivated and organised. Prioritising yourself is key here. If you are asked to do something and can’t fit something in your schedule, you are allowed to say no! We love to say yes and please others by putting ourselves last. What great things could happen if you put yourself first?
- Distance– how many hours a day do you use your phone? How many of those hours are spent doing something useful? Be honest with yourself! Social media is great, but we need to create boundaries. It is very easy to get stuck in a loop of videos on facebook and waste a couple hours feeling bad for watching so much content. Let’s make a change and feel more positive! Because of the convenience of our phones, receiving messages, emails, tags etc. is instant and we feel pressured to respond to everything at once. We’re here to tell you that you don’t need to. Let yourself have time to reply to those important notifications, but then put your phone away so you can get on with things YOU need to be doing. Put yourself first.
This list may seem long, but approach it gently. Pick one thing you want to do consistantly, and direct all your efforts. Set an achievable goal and make sure to congratulate yourself on your hard work. You might start by drinking more water every day, or walking somewhere instead of getting public transport. Start small and work your way up.
If you feel like you need help, here are some more resources: