Stress affects people differently. Some people manage to cope with the mental and emotional pressure fairly easily. Others have difficulties coping with stress, it affects the way they feel and it has an impact on the way they behave.
Signs of stress vary. They can include:
- Erratic sleep patterns
- Lack of concentration
- Loss of temper
- Loss of appetite
- Feelings of anxiousness
- Low self esteem
- Unreasonable behaviour
Experience any or all these signs at once and there’s a good chance you need help and support through this stressful time in your life.
To help you, we’ve thought of a few stress-busting suggestions at Sabine Acupuncture.
Give these ideas a shot if your stress levels are on the rise…
Find out why you are stressed
Before you can tackle those stress levels you need to establish what’s causing the problem in the first place.
Sometimes this is easy. It could be differences of opinion at work, trying to juggle too many projects at once, a lack of time to get everything done could be the root cause of the pressure.
Make a note of your daily routine, try to identify the times when you feel more stressed than others, once you spot a pattern you can take positive actions to address the issue.
Try exercising a little
When you feel stressed, hit the gym, go for a jog, spend 30 minutes on exercise equipment and feel the tension leave your body.
Exercise releases ‘good’ energy, it puts you in a positive mood and it’s great for lowering stress levels.
Plus it should help you sleep a little better at night if you’re tired after a positive workout session.
Take time out
How often do you spare time to chill? If your home life is hectic and work is manic at the moment, it’s no wonder you feel so stressed.
Spare a few moments each day for simple relaxation techniques. This could be something as easy as deep breathing at your desk, stretching the muscles in your neck by moving your head side to side, or simply shutting your mind down for a few minutes.
Take time out and let that negative energy leave your body.
Avoid using substitutes
Try to avoid unhealthy ways to cope with stress, some people turn to alcohol or they smoke more as a way to manage rising pressure levels.
Look for healthier solutions instead.
Drinking and smoking will only add to the problem, it’s a short-term solution that could lead to other health complications.
Acupuncture is good for calming stress symptoms. Give it a try if you are experiencing tension headaches!