Ever feel like you’re struggling to keep your head above water?
We do too, and it’s totally normal.
The levels of stress have seen a record-breaking high during the pandemic. Because of this, more and more people are experiencing anxiety and panic attacks. Life is a lot of work, and we all have a million things going on at once. However, it’s important to remember to take care of yourself so that you can be the best you possible.
Stress affects us all.
You may notice symptoms of stress when rushing a project with a tight deadline, disciplining your kids, when managing your finances, or when coping with challenges in your relationships. Stress is everywhere; and while a little stress is normal for everyone, too much of it can wear you down. The first step to controlling stress is to know the symptoms of stress and understand how it is affecting your mental health.
Here are the key signs of stress affecting your mental health.
Physical symptoms of stress include:
Emotional symptoms of stress include:
Stress can also make you behave in certain ways like:
There are lots of breathing exercises you can do to help relax.
One of the best ones is belly breathing; it’s simple to learn and easy to do. If you have never done deep breathing exercises before, this is a great place to start.
Belly breathing, also known as diaphragmatic breathing, is a great way to relieve stress, drop into your body, and relax. Diaphragmatic breathing is intended to help you use the diaphragm correctly while breathing.
As you ponder on the ups and downs of life, the daily challenges, and the mental health stigmas, give this a try:
1. Sit or lie down in a comfortable, quiet place
2. Put one hand on your chest and the other on your stomach, just below the ribs
3. Inhale slowly through the nose - try not to let your chest move, instead concentrate on sending the air into the palm that's on your stomach
4. Exhale slowly through the mouth - purse the lips into an 'o' as if you are going to take a sip of water through a straw
5. Repeat at least 3 times!
Try this breathing exercise for 5–10 minutes at a time, around three to four times each day. Just imagine that each breath is sweeping away your stress, and can help calm your anxiety in just a minute or two.
We hope you found this helpful.
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