10 tips to help reduce everyday stress

This week we speak with Gerri Spears who runs the blog Over the hill and under the radar where she offers her tips to reduce your stress levels.

Have a good laugh

They say laughter is the best medicine. By having a good laugh you are not think about your current stressful problems.

By laughing your body releases endorphins, which are the body’s natural feel-good chemicals. Endorphins will help you with an overall sense of well-being and can even temporarily relieve pain. So this can mean that your view on all the day-to-day stressful events will vastly improve even when the laughing has gone.

So dig out that comedy DVD and have a good laugh.

Release your artistic talents
Even if you are not Banksy – one excellent way of releasing stress is by painting. The activity will take your mind off the stress that is currently in your life and will ease relaxation. Plus you can be proud of your artistic talents and the end result.

Tidy up your home and de clutter
if you home is extremely untidy you are going to feel even more stressed. The more untidy the more stress……So have a clear out and check out all the unwanted items. Either sell them or donate to the local charity shop. A home clear of clutter will mean you will start to have a clear mind and start to think more  positively.

Balloon blowing
How much fun is it blowing up balloons?  Did you know that by blowing up a balloon makes you take deep breaths thus aiding relaxation?

Consider getting a cat or dog
Research has shown that the love you give to a pet dog or cat reduces your stress as you are giving unconditional love to your pet.

Even if you do not have a pet why not spend some time pet sitting a neighbours pet or even become a dog walker. Spending time with a pet can ease depression and there is evidence that it can lower your blood pressure as well.

Have a bath
You cannot beat a good soak to relax.

Make time for yourself and fill the bath with your favourite scents/bubble bath. Place some candles around your bath area as this will create a soothing atmosphere (make sure the candles are not near any items that could start a fire). You will find that after this soaking you will sleep soundly.

Plan a trip away
Why not arrange a day trip to another part of the country. You do not have to have a major holiday abroad to relieve stress.  The change of scenery will make you feel good.

Get a massage
Not only will a good massage relieve your physical pain but research has shown that a good massage can be helpful in fighting stress, improve your mood and help you sleep soundly.

Water features
Try to visualise a peaceful, calm and relaxing scene such as flowing water, a waterfall or waves crashing against the sea– by doing this you can reduce your anxiety.  I find this one very helpful when on a busy crowded tube. I just close my eyes and relax. It also makes the journey go quicker.

And finally…….one we all forgot at times…..
Be thankful for what you have in life
So often we all think of the negatives in our lives instead of the positives.

So let’s change this and remember there are people who care for you, your partner, friends and family.  Celebrate your achievements not your failures. See you have a lot to be thankful for.

If you are feeling extremely stressful or worried you should always see your Doctor.