With the demands of modern life, it’s no wonder 9.9 million working days were lost in 2014/15 due to stress, depression and anxiety*. While a little stress can be good – activating hormones allowing us to move and think faster – too much can cause anxiety, sleeplessness, headaches or even stomach pains.
Taking time out and breathing deeply, preferably outside for 5 minutes, will help you to relax after stressful situations, and helps to prevent the ongoing release of low-level stress hormones. Try downloading a mindfulness app as a quick way to help reduce stress.
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Taking time to self reflect on lifestyle issues before they become major problems can help lower stress levels. Poor diet, lack of sleep or being overworked can all affect your life balance.
*Figure from the government’s Health and Safety Executive website