As we find ourselves practising social distancing and staying at home to protect ourselves and others from the spread of Covid-19, It’s times like these where we need to be mindful and try to remain calm during these stressful and changing environments around us. For some, working from home in our pyjamas has been a dream, and we must acknowledge this privilege to still be able to work and earn money in the comfort of our homes. Unfortunately many have lost their jobs or have had their employment ceased due to this global issue and it’s these stressful situations where we need to take hold of our emotions and try and remain calm. Avoiding stress is almost impossible during this stressful period, but we must be mindful and try and limit it as much as we can. There are many studies that convey the correlation between stress and the functioning of our immune system. The evidence shows that stress weakens our ability to fight infections, illness and has a large impact on our hormones and gut health. This is why Its important to stay calm especially in times like these where a state of stress, anxiety and panic is well amongst us.
These tips can help you manage and reduce stress. Once you incorporate them into your everyday life you will find yourself overcoming more challenges and changing the way you think and react to certain things.
These are our top 6 ways to stay calm, and reduce stress.
Meditation has become one of the most popular techniques to relive stress amongst all age groups. Throughout the day we naturally experience daily stressors which stimulate your body’s natural stress response, known as flight-or fight response. Meditation works in the opposite way of this response, by triggering your body relaxation response. Meditation restores the body to a calm state, preventing damage caused from the physical and emotional effects of stress.
Doing a workout not only gives us many physical benefits but can reduce levels of our stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. Exercise and other activities also produce Endorphins, which are chemicals in the brain that are mood elevators and have the ability to improve sleep and act as natural pain killers.
3. Deep breathing
Breathing exercises are a good way to relax, reduce tension and relieve stress. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to the brain which stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system to develop a state of calm and connectedness.
4. Practice Mindfulness
Usually our immediate response is seeing the negative in situations, practising mindfulness opens your thought process allowing you to think before you react to a situation and improves your ability to pay attention and focus. Mindfulness practice can easily be done throughout the day and has the ability to reduce stress and make you feel more relaxed.
5. Limiting Caffeine
Caffeine is a stimulant. Too much of it can elevate cortisol levels, yes our stress hormones again. Now I’m not saying ditch the caffeine all together, just try and be mindful of how many cups of coffee we drink as its something to think about when trying to reduce stress and anxiety. Herbal teas are an excellent caffeine free alternative to help you reduce stress and stay calm. Our Calm Me Tea is the perfect natural and organic blend to melt away stress, tame tension and help you wind down after a long stressful day.
6. Get More Sleep
Getting a good nights rest is important in managing stress and anxiety levels. Not getting enough sleep has been found to be a common contributor to weight gain, digestive issues, mood and stress disorders and hormone imbalances. Creating a relaxed state before bed can open harmony and serenity and in return help you get a good nights rest.
Practising some of these tips in your everyday life can help manage and reduce stress and in return helping you function more effectively during times where stress is well amongst us.