Stress: Physical Health

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Get Active

Doing regular exercise is something that will help you reduce stress and help you get more confident in the process. It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated. You can do a lot of weight lifting with just your own bodyweight or a single set of dumbbells. There are vast numbers of free tutorials on Youtube which you can look through to get started.

The most important thing to remember is that the best exercise plan is the one you enjoy enough to keep doing.

Sleep

Getting plenty of sleep is crucial for your health and for coping with stress in your waking hours but stress can make it harder for you to sleep. Techniques for increasing the chances of getting to sleep include:
Having regular sleep cycles – this means going to bed and getting up a regular times each day.
Wind down before trying to go to sleep – don’t turn off the computer/phone and immediately try to go to sleep.
Make your room a sleep dedicated environment – calm and quiet

Eat Healthy

Eating unhealthy food gives you a momentary rush of positive of positive emotion followed by a longer lasting negative effect on your health and mood. When stressed you are even more tempted to eat unhealthy food than usual. Try hard to resist these urges because this it will have a negative effect on how you feel.

Other Resources

Mindfulness

What is Mindfulness? The first thing that a lot of people think of is someone doing a Yoga position making that cliche “hmmmm” noise…it’s doesn’t have to be anything like that. Mindfulness is about being aware (or as aware as you can be) of the feelings and sensations going on within and around you in

Meditation videos

If you fancy listening to examples of meditations, check out these great videos. Anxiety – 10 minutes Depression – 10 minutes Sleep – 1 hour Learn to let go – 35 minutes Confidence – 27 minutes Self Image and Self Esteem – 11 minutes Detach from Overthinking – 42 minutes

How to Meditate

Like any skill, meditation takes practice.  Below are a few steps you can take to begin a meditation. Set a timer and give it a go!  1) Find a place where you can sit quietly and undisturbed. Keep your posture upright.  2) Set a time limit. If this is your first time, try 5 –

Why Meditate

Why Meditate? Research has shown that meditation can have both physiological and psychological effects.  While researchers do not yet fully understand how meditation works, the benefits are clear.  Positive physiological effects include: a lowered state of physical arousal reduced respiration rate decreased heart rate reduced physiological indicators of stress Some psychological and emotional benefits can

Meditation Definition

Definition Meditation is a practice in which a person uses techniques such as mindfulness, to encourage a state of awareness and focussed attention. This can help achieve a state of mental and emotional calm and stability.  Mindfulness is the ability to be present in the here and now, and have your full attention on what