INDEX's Stress-busting Tips
Check out our top tips to keep calm and carry on.
Get plenty of rest, sleep & eat well
Stress can be combatted by making sure you are awake and alert. Sleep well, take the time to unwind and make sure you eat properly and healthily.
Avoid caffeine, nicotine and alchohol
Caffeine and nicotine are stimulants, so will increase your stress levels rather than reducing them. Alcohol in small doses also acts as a stimulant, but in large doeses actually acts as a depressant.
Exercise is vital
Exercise helps reduce stress by releasing endorphins to your brain, and also helps you sleep. Even if you can’t get to a gym, a walk around the block will help.
Put your devices away before bedtime
The inability to switch off from your mobile, tablet and laptop can seriously affect your sleep. Putting your devices away before you go to bed can help cut your stress levels.
Watching television is good in the right doses
Many people find watching TV relaxing and use it as a way to combat stress. However, too much TV can mess with your body clock, especially if you are watching late into the evenings, so moderation is key.
Seek help from a specialist
There is a difference between being stressed and being busy. Stress can cause serious burn out and can be debilitating. If you are struggling to function, speak to your doctor or a specialist.