Here are some ideas to help you #KeepCalmAndCarryOn :
- Keep those muscles moving
Progressive muscle relaxation is a way to lower blood pressure and cortisol levels, reducing your chances of getting a headache. With your eyes closed clench a muscle group, for example One thigh for 10 seconds and then relax it. After 20 seconds repeat the process on other muscle groups.
- Don’t forget to breath
Deep breathing can quickly allay the acute anxiety that a stressful task can cause. Inhale slowly, expanding your abdomen while keeping your chest still, then tighten your stomach muscles as you breathe out through pursed lips.
- Play the silence game
Quiet time significantly reduced stress levels among critical care nurses, according to a 2015 study. Try to find at least half an hour a day when you can minimise your exposure to noise and artificial light (being asleep doesn’t count!)
- Nature is nurture
Attention – retention theory states that we’re better able to recover from “attention fatigue” after spending time in, or even looking at, nature. A daily walk through any green space you can find will help you to recharge.
Have a fantastic and stress free weekend!