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Dealing with the physical or Psychological Symptoms of Stress and Life's Stresses
There are some things we can do to ease the psychological, emotional and physical symptoms of stress when we start to feel overloaded in life. Below lists some areas for attention which promote wellbeing. So if you are starting to feel overloaded then take a look at this list.
REDUCE: Caffeine, Cigarettes (cause anxiety), Reduce over the counter medicines, Alcohol, Salt intake, Sugar
SLEEPSleep is vital for rebuilding the body and for psychological health
If these things are not helping then more sleep focussed work can be done in therapy or with a sleep therapist.
EXERCISE AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY
Walking/Rambling, Running, The gym, Swimming, Cycling, Dancing,
Gardening, The gym & Weights
Exercise can help balance brain chemicals / hormones and can greatly assist in reducing stress hormones. It can help release tension, irritability, improve mood and release nervous energy.
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"Adult Bedtime Stories" to help get to sleep
"PMR meditations" -Progressive Muscle Relaxation -ideal for physical stress symptpms and Sleep
"Hypnotherapy for Stress or Anxiety" or Depression (whichever you would like)
These recordings are varied and there are many. Find voices you like listenning to. Many people like Jason Stephenson for Meditation.
Using these deep relaxation techniques reduces the Flight and Fight response in the body which can help ease physical stress symptoms.
LIFESTYLE / LEISURE / ACTIVITY
Psychological and Emotional Activity
If the self help changes above are not helping, this is when Therapy can assist. In therapy you can explore: