Stress is a common part of daily life, but it can have a significant impact on our mental and physical health. For many people impacted by inequalities they may face barriers that cause additional stressors, such as financial insecurity, inadequate housing and access issues.
Yet managing stress is crucial for maintaining overall health and well-being, so here are some tips to help you to manage your stress at home.
Regular physical activity is one of the most effective ways to manage stress. Exercise releases endorphins, which can boost mood and reduce stress levels. You don’t need expensive gym memberships or equipment to exercise; you can go for a walk or run in your local park or find free fitness classes in your community.
Practice relaxation techniques
Relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing, meditation, or yoga, can help manage stress. These techniques can be practiced at home, and there are many free resources available online.
Get enough sleep
Getting enough sleep is essential for managing stress. Lack of sleep can increase stress levels and make it more difficult to cope with daily stressors. Aim for at least seven to eight hours of sleep per night and establish a regular sleep routine.
Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet can help manage stress. Try to eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, and limit your intake of processed and high-fat foods. Also, make sure you’re drinking enough water and avoiding sugary drinks.
Connect with others
Social support is crucial for managing stress. Connect with family and friends, join a support group, or volunteer in your community. These activities can provide a sense of belonging and support during challenging times.
Taking care of yourself is essential for managing stress. Practice self-care activities, such as taking a relaxing bath, reading a book, or doing a favourite hobby. These activities can help reduce stress levels and improve overall well-being. Just starting by making a few changes will make a big difference and it’s never too late to start living a healthier life. If you need additional support or advice, speak to your GP practice or contact your local Talking Therapy service.Mental health services
A range of services are available locally to help you improve your health and wellbeing. Click on the link below to find out more and access your local services.Lifestyle Services