Wednesday the 6th of November is #StressAwarenessDay. Stress can be well...stressy. And if you're looking after someone, stress is one of those things you might have a lot of. But it's so important to look after your own health and wellbeing, especially when things can start to get a bit on top of you.
Read our five top tips for relaxation and take a moment for yourself today!
Yes it seems obvious, but sometimes just taking a moment to stop what you're doing and breathe can help you calm down, relax and regroup your thoughts.
Try it next time you find yourself getting flustered or stressed out. Stop what you're doing, close your eyes and take some deep breaths and see if you feel a bit better.
2. Write down your thoughts
Writing down your thoughts when things are getting overwhelming can really help you clear your mind and make sense of what's causing you stress. You don't even have to think about it too much, just grab a piece of paper and scribble out your thoughts.
3. Talk to someone
Talking to someone about how you feel can be such a big relief. A problem shared is really a problem halved. Try giving your best friend a call for a quick chat, drop someone a message on facebook, or try apps like MeeTwo or the Carers UK Forum to talk to others in similar situations.
4. Go for a walk
Getting outside and distracting yourself with your surroundings can be a great way to de-stress. If you're looking after someone, it might be hard to get out of the house, but if you do get a spare few minutes, try getting out for a walk at your local park, or even just a quick walk around the street for a nice bit of fresh air.
5. Don't be hard on yourself
Remember to give yourself a break. Sometimes stress can be caused by the pressures we put on ourselves to do more than we can manage. If you're feeling stressed, try take a moment and consider where your stress is coming from. Could you be kinder to yourself? No one can do everything. Remember your own health and wellbeing is important too.