We’re here for YOU!  Since April is Stress Awareness Month, and since exercise is one of the leading ways to fight the stress in your life, we’re offering you a FREE TRIAL WEEK of Membership to give it a try!

There’s no commitment required, if you are ready to get an exercise routine started for yourself, CLICK HERE for that free week at the Y!  Not sure how to really get plugged in?  Check out our SCHEDULE, Sign up for an ORIENTATION, or EMAIL our Wellness Coordinator for more ideas!

 

Stress is something that we all face, so you’re not alone!  While stress is often defined as a mismatch between the demands placed on us and our ability to cope with these demands, we all respond differently.  The way we cope with these demands will depend on the way we think, our personality and our previous life experiences. Stress can be positive when it motivates us to get things done, however, it can be negative when we feel constantly pressurized by too many demands.

We have gathered some stress management tips for ways to improve your overall Wellbeing:

Be active

We all know that staying active is good for us. You don’t have to run a marathon or join a high tech gym – cardio vascular activity such as taking a brisk walk for 30 minutes three days a week may not only reduce stress levels but also reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes.  Joining the Y

Relationships

Connect with and make time for friends and family both in and out of work. Talking to them about your day and how you’re feeling can help to put things in perspective. And remember, working out with a friend is a double-dose of stress management 😉

Unplug for a while

Occasionally give yourself the time to unplug. You do not have to be connected 24/7, and there is no need to tune into the online chatter all of the time. When you’re not glued to social media waiting for the latest status, or living in a state of stress while dreading the next email to arrive, it can make a real difference to your stress levels. Turn your phone off on your commute home, go for a walk without your mobile, call in on a friend and have a chat one to one.

Eat well

Good food and regular meals provide the energy you need to deal effectively with stress.  Don’t sell yourself short on prioritizing this.  Fast food and eating on the run to save time may only compound the negative effects of stress.

Sleep well

Good sleep is essential for our bodies and minds to recover, but can be the first thing to go when we are feeling stressed. Poor sleep can lead to tiredness and fatigue, leaving us feeling even more stressed.

Do Something Fun

Taking a break from your hectic life, even a short one, can help to prevent stress from building up and provide some breathing space to recharge your batteries. Making time to relax and have some fun is an important way of beating stress.

Drink plenty of water

With our busy lives, it is easy to forget to drink water. Dehydration leads to higher cortisol levels—the stress hormone—making it harder to deal with everyday issues. By staying hydrated you will be better equipped to deal with everyday problems

 

These tips can help you improve your health and wellbeing and build techniques to help you with your resilience to stress.

Remember: If you are concerned about your own wellbeing or someone else’s contact a GP or an appropriate medical professional.   www.inspirewellbeing.org