How To Avoid Stress

Stress is something that most of us will encounter at different points throughout our lives; however stress is not something that is always easily quantifiable and so can sometimes be difficult to recognise and deal with until it is too late. In many cases stress will not manifest itself in identifiable physical symptoms (although this is not always the case) so it is therefore important to recognise stress in yourself (and others) before it is too late.

According to the Labour Force Survey, in 2014/15 in the UK alone there were 440,000 reported cases of work related stress, depression or anxiety, which relates to a prevalence rate of 1380 per 100,000 workers. This resulted in a total number of 9.9 million working days lost during this time period alone and accounted for 35% of all work related ill health cases and 43% of all sickness absence from work.

So it is clear that stress is not something that we should ignore. But what can we do to manage and avoid stress in our lives, before it becomes too late?

Learn to recognise stress

Stress manifests itself in different ways in different people; for some it may be a feeling that they are unable to cope, for others it could be losing the ability to deal with situations rationally, for others it could result in disturbed sleep etc. However once you are able to recognise when you are suffering from stress and then identify those triggers that cause you stress you may be more able to avoid those situations and/or change how you deal with them. It may be useful to keep a log of when you are stressed or write a list of those things in your life that leave you feeling stressed.

Look after your physical well being

Simple steps like eating a healthy diet and taking even a moderate amount of exercise can have a significant impact on stress. If your physical body is well then you are likely to be more able to cope with mental pressures as your body will already be starting from a good place.

Make time to relax

Learning to manage your time effectively is one of the most important ways to beat stress. Realistically assess just what you can and can’t fit into a day and then plan your time around that. However it is also incredibly important to include time for relaxation, to let your body recover from stress and avoid it mounting up. Simple things such as planning in 10 minutes of yoga a day, or heading up to bed half an hour early to read a book before going to sleep can make a real difference. Also make sure that you include a little of our amazing Jersey lavender essential oil into your relaxation routine. Pop a couple of drops into your bedtime bath, add a lavender sleep pillow to your bed or simply add a little to an oil burner whilst and let the aroma soothe away your stress.

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