National Stress Awareness Month – Top Tips to Cope with Stress

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April is National Stress Awareness Month which impacts all of us.  We all experience feelings of stress and anxiety, be those feelings mild or intense.   Knowing that this is normal is a great starting point.  Here are our top 10 tips to deal with stress.
1. Fresh air – a good walk and time away from the screen and our phones will work wonders for those stress levels.  Here at Gartmore we are blessed with wonderful Scottish scenery and beautiful places to go walking.  A good walk is an excellent stress buster.
2. Set a new goal – having a new goal to focus on is great for our stress levels.  Why not take up a new hobby such as crafting  or photography?  Seeing progress with our goals is great for our mental health.
3. Catch up with friends – life can be so hectic that it can be easy to lose touch with our friends. It is easy to stay in touch nowadays, especially with Facebook and text messaging. However, face to face contact is important so we can share our issues and have a good laugh together.
4. Avoid unhealthy habits – perhaps you are in need of a detox – some fresh air, good, home cooked food and a break from alcohol or caffeine.  Giving our body a rest is great for those stress levels.
5. Work smarter – working smarter means prioritising your work, concentrating on the tasks that will make a real difference and taking time out to relax.  Time away from the to do list to recharge and come back better.  We are far more productive when we are less stressed.
6. Don’t forget to laugh – when we take ourselves too seriously, that is often when the stress levels rocket.  Taking time out to have a laugh is a fantastic and natural stress buster.
7. Find a form of movement you enjoy – walking, dancing (we love dancing at Gartmore), yoga, running? All movement is good for us and it allows us time out to reflect.  Movement enhances creativity levels and of course happiness levels.
8. Focus on the good – Try writing down three things that went well, or for which you’re grateful, at the end of every day.  It works.  It is better to fall asleep feeling thankful than wasting energy worrying about what you need to achieve the following day.
9. Acceptance – Change isn’t always possible. Instead, try to concentrate on the things that you do have control over and don’t forget to breathe.
10. Music – Always make time for music.  Dance, sing, play your favourite songs.  Music is a gift and an extremely underrated stress buster.  Music can help to lift our mood, it adds something special to any atmosphere and it is also extremely sociable.   Music unites us.
We hope you enjoyed our stress busting tips.  Why not come visit us at Gartmore House and enjoy one of our relaxing activity breaks? The ultimate stress-free location.
To make a reservation please BOOK ONLINE or contact our team:
T: 01877 382991 | E: mail@gartmorehouse.com

  • April 11, 2018
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