When life is not a bed of roses then it can be all too much to think of how to back paddle and get out of a bad day unscathed. Here we share ten top tips to help bust the stress.
However, when all else fails, grab your Poles and just get out for some stress busting exercise in our most glorious outdoor gym. How many of these suggestions do you already use? How many of them do you now associate with your Nordic walking sessions and the people who attend your regular classes. Coincidence or karma?
1. Adopt a healthy lifestyle
If we eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly and ensure we get adequate rest our body is better able to cope with stress should it occur.
2. Know your limitations and do not take on too much
We cause ourselves a great deal of stress because we like people to like us and do not want to let people down. We then end up doing more than we should. Learn to be assertive and how to say no without upsetting or offending people.
Take time to discover what is worrying you and try to change your behaviour to reduce it.
4. Avoid unnecessary conflict
Don’t be too argumentative. Is it really worth the stress? Look for win – win situations. Look for a solution to a dispute where both parties can achieve a positive outcome.
Accept the things you cannot change Changing a difficult situation is not always possible. If this proves to be the case recognise and accept things as they are.
5. Manage your time more effectively
We waste a lot of time doing unimportant tasks so prioritise your day and do the important jobs first. The unimportant ones can wait, and often they will disappear completely leaving you time to do other things.
6. Take time out to relax and recharge your batteries
You will perform much better after a break and easily make up the time you used relaxing.
7. Find time to meet friends
Friends help us see things in a different way. The activities we engage in with friends usually help us relax and we will often have a good laugh. It boosts the immune system which is often depleted during stress.
8. Try to see things differently
If something is bothering you try to see it differently. Talk over your problem with somebody before it gets out of proportion. Often, talking to somebody else will help you see things from a different and less stressful perspective.
9. Avoid alcohol, nicotine and caffeine as coping mechanisms
Long term, these faulty coping mechanisms will just add to the problem. For example, caffeine is a stimulant and our body reacts to this with the stress response.
10. Learn to talk aloud and know it’s allowed.
Sometimes is there is no quick fix or any way to resolve a problem. Then, the hardest thing is to move forward and accept that. The key thing is to get it out in the open and talk about it. Who is your talk buddy? Get their number on speed dial and ask if it’s ok to call or message any time.