With everyone currently under lock down due to the coronavirus outbreak, we all have an enormous sense of uncertainty which has resulted in many of us having increased stress in our lives.
In this blog we wanted to educate and help you in way to deal with your stress levels.
A lot of these ideas have come from our very own Beatson Cancer Charity Wellbeing team who developed this as part of our stress management course.
The ideas and concepts in this blog aim to help you recognise the causes and symptoms of stress, how it affects you physically and emotionally and teaches you techniques for dealing with stress in a healthy way.
Stress is a major threat to your quality of life, physical and psychological wellbeing. The three main groups of stress are environmental, social and personal.
All of these have many different factors to how they can cause a lot of problem to your stress levels. These can include things like where you live/work, health issues, relationship problems and many more!
There are three main health symptoms of stress, which all have different elements to how they can affect you. This includes your Cardiovascular and Digestive System, muscle and joints issues along with some other health conditions.
Check out some of the health factors below for bringing stress:
In terms of of the more mental and social sides of stress, if can be really damaging to your cognitive ability, emotions and overall behavior.
By being aware of these it might help you to identify how stress is affecting you mentally or socially.
Many of us are guilty of adopting beliefs around being stressed or why things happen in our lives:
"It's just my luck"
"I can't do this"
"I must cope"
By having these beliefs you will in actual fact cause yourself more stress throughout your life.
Your energy levels are also another big factor in how stress can affect you physically and mentally. Here are some reasons for energy loss:
To help you out, our wellbeing team suggested to try out some of these principles to help reduce the stress levels in your life.
By having goals you will be able to have better control of what is going on in your life, whilst maintaining other outside factors. These can include personal, work and home goals. Here are some examples:-
Any of the above may in fact cause your stress and anxiety, however it's good to split your goals into short, interim and long-term. By separating your goals, you alleviate the pressure and stress your put on yourself.
Short term - your daily goals which begin today
Interim - step taken to reach your long term goals
Long - goals set over a longer period of time
Here are our 6 ways to effectively set goals:
Using affirmations and Meditation can be a brilliant way to relive your stress levels in short and long-term.
Affirmations are positive statements that can help you to challenge and overcome self-sabotaging and negative thoughts. All you need to do is say them over and over to yourself as you start your day, or as you're about to enter a potentially stressful situation:
Meditation can be a great way to get away from your daily stress, even just 10-15 minutes is enough to put you back in a more positive mindset - Check out our meditation playlist on our YouTube channel here - Give it a try!
We also recommend you consider these 10 tips to reduce your overall stress levels in your life.