Adrian Matthams Dhp
Anxiety can damage your body’s natural defences against viruses and lead to poor immune system functionality. It can also mean your body becomes more vulnerable to illness, which has a knock-on effect on your recovery time.
If you are concerned about how to manage stress, here are some positive steps you can take to boost your mental and physical wellbeing:
Reduce News Consumption
It’s important to stay informed, but negative news stories increase stress levels and with so much conflicting information, it can feel overwhelming. To maintain a balance, limit your exposure and avoid checking your newsfeed more than three times a day.
Worrying about the numbers of new cases or when schools will re-open will not change the situation or improve your mental wellbeing. Let go of the things you cannot control and focus on what you can. During the Coronavirus crisis, that means practising social distancing, washing your hands and staying safe.
A good night’s sleep improves your mood and contributes to a healthy immune system. If you’re struggling to switch off, avoid screen-time at least an hour before bed and use that time to create a relaxing routine to help you wind down. This could include a warm bath, meditation or reading a good book.
Breathing exercises can help to slow down our fight or flight response system and promote a sense of inner calm. This facilitates a more focused, positive attitude to support rational decision making.
Meditating for just five minutes a day can reduce stress and even promote kindness by increasing positive feelings towards others. It can also help to improve your concentration and develop better sleep patterns during uncertain times.
Keep Moving & Eat Healthy
Make the most of your daily exercise to get some fresh air and release those feelgood endorphins. Take care of your needs and be aware of your feelings. Eat a healthy, balanced diet and take time to relax.
If you are experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety, please do get in touch for a no obligation chat.
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