By Sarah Allsopp – MHS, Dip. Hyp. CS
MNCS Dip PC
Halcyon Therapy, Sleaford
At times life can be demanding – work piles up, the bills keep arriving and the kids want the latest designer jeans! Stress and anxiety can go hand-in-hand, we feel stressed by demands upon us that never seem to end so we begin to worry about how we will cope and the ‘what-ifs’ start flooding our mind. Before you realise it, anxiety is part of everyday life making everyday stresses even more exhausting!
Managing stress and reducing anxious feelings is about taking control of your thoughts/feelings and adapting your life. Here are a few simple tips to help:
- Pause – take 5 minutes out to be kind to yourself. Move yourself away from your chair for a comfort break, make a drink or have lunch. Use this time to stop, breathe and come back to your physical body instead of ruminating in your mind.
- Be realistic – plan your day but make your ‘to-do’ list reasonable – only put on it what you know you can achieve in the time you have. Prioritise!
- Make time – create space for things you enjoy doing, activities that make you feel good. Don’t feel at all guilty as doing things we love on a regular basis are essential for our own well-being.
- Ask for help – sometimes this can feel like a difficult thing to do but it’s a smart thing to do. Having someone listen can sometimes be enough and helps clarify our thoughts. Taking those first steps to contact another person or a support organization needs effort but the rewards are worth it. Don’t struggle on alone; a little help can go a long way.
- Exercise – even a short walk releases feel-good endorphins, leaving you refreshed and energized. Joining a group has social benefits too so is there something that you’ve always wanted to try – maybe dancing, yoga or a walking group? Check out what’s in your area by going to the local library, you may be spoiled for choice!
If you still find that anxiety and stress are stopping you functioning in everyday situations, that sleep is constantly a problem, or that the same worries keep impacting on your ability to think clearly – consider if you would benefit from talking this through with someone who is skilled in identifying the causes and can support you in making the changes that you feel are needed in your life.
I can help you take control with small positive steps. Contact me and I will use my experience, knowledge and training to support and gently guide you in dealing with your stress and anxiety.