Living in a constant state of stress is not good for you, for your family or friends or for your work colleagues. Being on “high alert” allows cortisol to build up and this can lead to heart disease. It is imperative that you take breaks in the day.
Tips to reduce your stress level:
Ensure you are getting sufficient sleep – we all need 6-8 hours a night
Make time to eat a balanced diet
Do regular exercise
Have a positive outlook, read books, watch a comedy (known to lift your mood)
Try to have a hobby, something that you enjoy. This could be cooking, sewing, gardening, painting or reading - something that you do that makes you feel relaxed and renewed.
Keep well connected and make the effort to socialise with your family and friends.
Devote some parts of your day for "timeout" or "quiet time" for your brain. This can be in the form of meditation, worship or mindfulness.
Disconnect from all electronic devices and the internet at least 1 hour before bed. The white LED light is known to affect the body clock and disturb sleep.
If you continue to feel stressed it is important to talk to your GP and seek help.