As part of our ongoing Mental Health Awareness Week posts, we're going over some stress management techniques that you can keep in your toolbox.
According to the NHS, If you're stressed, whether by your job or by something more personal, the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause.
Once you know what the source of your stress is, how can you solve it?
Here are some suggestions for managing your stress...
This had to be our number one choice for how to manage stress. Research into the benefits of Yoga is still ongoing, and difficult to tease out as Yoga combines physical exercise with breathing and meditation. However, preliminary studies are promising and show some intriguing effects, such as the reduction of stress. Headspace has some great research into the benefits of meditation and there are numerous studies out there that shows how physical movement can aid in the reduction of stress. Yoga is a combination of all of these things.
Looking to get started with yoga? Try booking into a class with us at the studio or locate a badgeholder in your area.
I thought this was a post about stress management techniques? It is, but a lot of people stress about time. It's a very common reason why people say they can't practise yoga: "I don't have enough time."
According to research, time management is considered a primary intervention or a preventative for stress.
Following some simple time-management techniques, such as the Eisenhower Method, can help you focus on what's important to you, prioritise your day, and find room to add relaxation.
3. Practice Self-Care
Taking care of yourself is critically important. Self-care is completely different to each individual and no one can tell you what your self care looks like. Your self care needs might even differ every day. Listen to your body and what YOU need.
Here are some suggestions you may try:
The options are limitless for self-care. It's also crucial to remember that self care isn't all about frivolity or indulgence. "Sometimes self-care is about survival. It’s about doing what you need to get through the day. It’s about taking five minutes and thinking about what you need." Kat Nicholls has some fantastic basic self care ideas on her blog such as just making sure you drink enough water throughout the day or saying no to plans or extra work commitments.
How do you manage your stress?
If you're a student in Oxford, we've joined up with Sweaty Betty to bring you a Stress Busting Workshop on 3 June 2018. Find out more here.