On the 7th November 2018 it was STRESS Awareness Day here in the UK. The aim of this blog post is to help reduce your stress and the effect it has on your body.

WHAT STRESS DOES TO YOU…

Stress has the ability to increase muscle tension and in turn create “Knots” or Trigger Points. This may cause you to feel tight or stiff and you may even start to get frustrated – inducing further stress on the body and you start spiralling in a down cycle.

TREAT YOURSELF

Treating yourself to a bit of “you time” and do something positive/beneficial for you. Having regular massages can optimise your tissue pliability, which in turn can reduce injuries & improve mobility. Massage allows you to relax, recharge and improve your mood.

SLEEP – ARE YOUR GETTING ENOUGH?

To get you started on the right foot aim to sleep for around 7-8 hours a night. To help improve the quality of sleep it has been advised that you remove all “BLUE” light from the room you are in for approximately 1 hour before you sleep. That means no PHONE, LAPTOP, TV, ETC.

GET OUTSIDE

More often then not people in the Uk are stuck behind a desk or in the car all day and do not get any FRESH AIR. Spending you lunch break outside and away from your desk can quickly change your focus, lift your mood and relief some stress.

BREATHE

Taking some 2-3 minutes out of your day just BREATHE is not a lot and it can be extremely beneficial for your mind and body. To relief stress close your eyes and take some long deep breathes. In through your nose out and out through your mouth. This will help to clear your mind and ease some tension from your muscles.

FIND WHAT WORKS FOR YOU

You must remember that everyone is different and what works for the person next to you in the office may not be the right exercise or activity for you.