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5 Simple Ways To De-Stress

Mental Health Awareness Week is upon us and I wanted to look at one of those topics that everyone deals with...stress. We can't help but stress, it wouldn't be normal if we didn't, however, there are ways to deal with it.

Get Active

Exercising doesn't make the problems go away, but it will help with the magnitude of your emotions. Just by going out for a walk/run/bike ride, you will clear your head, be able to think with a better mindset and ultimately come to an improved conclusion in terms of your well-being. Next time you feel overwhelmed with everything in life, get outside and you'll definitely come home with a calmer head.

Be Positive

Find a positive in everything! There are always going to be things that we don't want to do, but find that motivation and turn that bad into a good. Do you hate doing the washing up? Put on a great playlist and listen to all your favourite songs while doing it. Have an assignment due that you just don't want to do? Give yourself a treat as soon as it's done. There's always a solution to every problem.

Deep Breathing

This is probably the simplest of them all. As we get more oxygen into the body, we get rid of tension and reduce stress. When we are stressed and anxious, we breathe quick shallow breaths as our heart is beating fast. As soon as we breathe deeply, our body then starts to believe we are calm, as it is the opposite of what we would do if we were stressed.

Food and Drink

If you want to relieve your stress as naturally as possible, there are some foods and drinks that can help calm your mind. For me, anything lemony helps me to feel refreshed and awake, ready for what is to come. Warm drinks, such as green tea (I like to incorporate the two and have honey and lemon in hot water) help to lower stress and anxiety. Also, foods like avocados with omega-3 fatty acids are great as they reduce anxiety.

Recognise your stress

I strongly believe that talking problems through with someone is usually the best solution. Acknowledge your stress and if it keeps coming back, don't just try and ignore it. Find someone you trust and work through your problems. Lift the weight off your shoulders and talk. A problem shared is a problem halved.

By Pia Talbot

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