If you’re feeling stressed, you’re not alone.
A 2013 study by the Nightline Association found Britain’s students are more depressed, anxious and lonely than ever before, with 65 per cent reporting feeling stressed regularly.
People have different tolerances for stress – one person’s panic inducing confrontation is another’s mildly stimulating discussion – but if so many of us are beside ourselves with stress, it’s important we realise it and learn how to relax.
How to reduce stress
1. Go for a walk
An activity as simple as walking can provide an immediate change of scenery and body chemistry that can drastically reduce stress.
2. Get training
Vigorous exercise such as weightlifting or higher intensity cardio releases endorphins that make us feel good and help battle our stress hormones. Be sure not to push yourself too hard though.
3. Get touchy feely
Assuming your stress is not directly related to your friends or family, close physical contact with other people is very good for us and can help to relieve stress. Consider indulging in a warm embrace between friends, or a hug with a family member.
4. Learn to reframe negative situations
Happy people have the ability to put a positive spin on a negative situation. Whatever you are going through, try to draw out a positive no matter how hard it may be.
Meditation or mindfulness can help you find the mental clarity to process the negative scenarios that you encounter and find answers.
6. Cut out the noise of other people’s worries
At times of stress, it’s important that we set about a plan to free our minds of the things that are bothering us. Family members, romantic partners, friends and colleagues will often share their worries with us. Show that you care, but don’t wear the weight of their stress around your neck.
7. Take time out
If you feel as if your stress levels are approaching boiling point, take some time out.