Destress and Calm down
To apply different techniques when I am stressed or need to calm down
Let's start with why this is important:
- being able to recognise when you are stressed is important to your mental health and important to maintain healthy relationships
- learning techniques to help you to destress or calm down will mean you can apply them when it is needed
Stress can occur in many ways, it might be simply money trouble, spending time with a family member or co worker that is stressed themselves, running late for an important event or something as big as finding out you lost your job. Stress is your body's way of getting you ready to fight the situation you are in. But it is not a very nice feeling and without regulating our stress we can get ourselves out of control. By implementing some simple techniques and steps you can minimise how you react to your stress.
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Talk to someone
Talk to someone who you can trust. It is ok if that person is part of a hotline, talking to someone is the best way to start helping with how you are feeling.
Learn the techniques that work for you
Make a note of three of these that you can apply next time you feel stressed or overwhelmed.
Complete a breathing exercise
Play this video, and follow the instructions. It goes for around 4mins and you will absolutely feel better after doing this.
Do some exercise
Print this out and write your own fitness "To do list". Here are a list of activities that you might add to it.
Need to talk to someone, here are some organisations that can help:
A guide to helping yourself through stress