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Mental Health Awareness Week: 7 Ways To Protect Yourself From Stress
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Mental Health Awareness Week: 7 Ways To Protect Yourself From Stress

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As it is every year, this year's Mental Health Awareness Week (14th-20th May) is hosted by the Mental Health Foundation, and this year, it's focus is stress. Indicated by research is the fact that two thirds of the nation experience a mental health issue during their lifetime. Stress is a central factor in this. If you are one among the two thirds of people that experience this mental health issue, follow the Foundation's recommended steps for combating stress below!

1. Exercise

Exercise

- An effort should be made to incorporate physical activity into you way of life as this can be very great for stress-relief

- Merely going out and getting fresh air and taking some light exercise, such as walking to the shops, can be highly beneficial

2. Eat Healthily

Healthy

- You can guard your feeling of well-being through making sure that your diet offers the right amounts of brain nutrients including essential minerals and vitamins, in addition to water

3. Get some restful sleep

- Being unable to sleep is a common symptom of being stressed.

- Could your mental or physical health prospectively be affecting your ability to sleep?

- Is their any way you can alter your environment to support the improvement of your sleep?

- When your mind is full of anxiety, could you get up instead of staying in bed?

- Are their any little things you can make in your lifestyle to help your sleep become more restful?

4. Don't be too hard on yourself

Self-critic

- Don't forget that it's a universal human experience to have a bad day

- Always keep things in perspective

- Be supportive and kind: treat yourself as though you are your own best friend

- If you feel like you have failed or stumble, don't be cruel to yourself

- Spend a few minutes each day appreciating yourself

- When your outer or inner critic finds things that you've done wrong, see if you can seek out the exception and truth about what is being spoken

5. Practice mindfulness

Mindful

- Helping us to relate differently to experiences, mindfulness is a mind-body approach that helps us to view experiences differently. It means paying attention to our feelings and thoughts in a way that heightens our ability to handle challenging situations and make good decisions.

- Aim to practice mindfulness on a regular basis

- Meditation on mindfulness can be done in any location at any given time

- Mindfulness can eliminate the effects of anxiety, stress and related issues such as low mood, poor concentration and insomnia

6. Take time out to relax

Relax

- Give yourself time to chill-out

- Create a balance between responsibility to yourself and responsibility to other people - this can be amazing for reducing stress levels!

- Don't feel selfish about prioritising self-care. Do you need time out but keep saying that you can't afford to give yourself a break? Taking a break is vital for great mental health.


7. Have an awareness about drinking alcohol and smoking

Drink

- Either avoid it completely or reduce the quantities of alcohol you drink and the amount you smoke

- Although these things may appear to ease your stress at first, this is delusional and can actually exacerbate the problem.

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