Stop Stressing or Suffer the Consequences: Tips to Avoid the Harmful Cycle of Excess Stress
While most people experience some degree of stress in their daily routine, recent research revealed that too much stress can spiral into an abundance of unhealthy behaviours. And excess stress is more common than you think. Over 80 per cent of UK adults experiences stress regularly, while nearly 40 per cent of these adults admit they feel ‘too stressed’ in their daily lives.
What’s more, nearly 90 per cent of highly stressed Britons is trapped in a cycle of self-destructive activities, such as irresponsible spending, poor eating habits, not getting enough sleep, drinking excess alcohol and personality changes. In addition, excess stress can have serious impacts on physical health-increasing the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes and early death. With this in mind, it’s important that you keep your stress levels under control to avoid falling into a dangerous cycle. Consider these tips to reduce stress:
- Keep moving – Health experts found that exercise can help you clear your thoughts and deal with your problems more calmly. Try taking daily walks, joining a gym or signing up for an exercise class.
- Stay connected – Spending quality time with co-workers, friends and loved ones is a crucial step in keeping your stress levels under control and ensuring you have a proper network of support. Always leave time in your weekly diary for social activities, such as sharing a meal with a loved one or joining a group related to your favourite hobby.
- Protect your body – Another important way to reduce daily stress is by limiting other bad habits. Be sure to fuel your body with a balanced diet and plenty of water, as well as avoid drinking excess alcohol and smoking. Also, make an effort to get between seven and nine hours of sleep each night.
- Help others – Research shows that people who help others become more resilient and feel happier than those who don’t. Consider volunteering for an important cause in your community or simply doing someone a favour each day, such as covering the cost of their morning coffee.
- Be positive – More than anything, you need to maintain a positive mindset to control your stress levels. Remember to reflect on things that you are grateful for at the end of each day.