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4 Facts About Stress That Will Make You Less Stressed (Yes, Really)
1. Stress Can Be Good For You
2. Stress Makes You Stronger
Stress can build resilience, and we need resilience more than ever. By resilience we mean coping strategies, approaches and also an ability to withstand unexpected events in your life without being completely thrown by them. So in real life it might mean that something unexpected happens, and instead of panicking or crumbling, you can collect your thoughts and make a plan and cope with what has happened. If you have been through difficult times and come out the other side, then you know this fact about stress is true. Being able to build your coping skills can take time and be difficult but it is worth it.
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3. Stress Is Telling You Something Important
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4. Ways To Help Cope With Stress
- Set a bedtime routine.
- Have a regular bedtime. You can set this as a reminder on your phone and you could aim to be in bed by 9.30pm to try and get a good nights sleep.
- Have a timer on your phone every 30 minutes to remind you to get up and move, stretch or breathe.
- Try and have less social media in your life. In particular make sure you look at the view outside your bedroom first before your screen ( this has been proven to reduce stress levels).
- Have one meal a day that you know you feel good having. When stressed we live on caffeine and sugar, so instead of re hauling all your meals. Pick one.
- Consider a multi vitamin. Julia Ricklidge has undertaken studies on the effects of micronutrients on our brain and how it can help our stress response. Even a Berroca could be enough to help.
- Water. Always helpful - and actually essential to support clear thinking, digestion and skin health.
- Fun. Find something you think is fun and try and do that for 5 minutes a day. Love true crime podcasts? Awesome. Listen to that. A fan of reality TV? Want to knit something? Love reading? The options are endless. Five minutes a day. That’s not a lot of time and you will start to look forward to it.
- Try and eat within 20 minutes of waking and choose a protein breakfast. Simple ideas could be porridge with nut butter, eggs, apples with nuts heated in ghee and cinnamon (almonds, sunflower seeds are amazing for this. This breakfast gives you good fats, cinnamon for blood sugar support and protein).
- Have good snacks every 3-4 hours. Fruit, nut butters, cheese, smoothies.
- Include carbohydrates for brain function and energy. Look for complex carbohydrates like grains, potatoes, kumara etc.
- Fasting works well for some people, but some people need to have regular food intake to support hormones and blood sugar levels. Instead of fasting, maybe just don’t snack after dinner and use that as your fast.