As well as Easter & St George’s day, April also sees Stress Awareness month. Stress is something we will all properly experience at some point in our lives.
It is most definitely not in the remit or areas of expertise's for a Sports Therapist and Pilates instructor (like myself) to be giving you advice on how you should deal with stress. All I will be doing on this article is using information that I have found useful and interesting with the hope that you will find it just that too. Ill include these websites at the end.
What is stress?
According to the NHS website “stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure”. It also quotes that “pressure can turn into stress when you feel unable to cope”, with stress potentially being down to many of lives demands work, relationship, money problems for example.
The signs of stress
There appear to be many signs that could relate to stress: The way you think & feel, change in behaviour, sleeping problems, loss of appetite, lack of concentration, anxious feelings and low self esteem are just a few examples. The website mind.org.uk has an excellent page on the “signs of stress” which you can find here.
The NHS website quotes “the first step to feeling better is to identify the cause”. They also include 10 “stress busters” which include: Be active, Take control, Connect with people, Have some more me time. Here is the full link for this page should you want more information and to see all ten “stress busters”..
Ideas to help
Let’s take the first stress buster ‘be active’. Now I would imagine this doesn’t mean we all have to get to high intense sweaty gym class to do this (although if enjoy that give it a go, it’s great because not only can you be active but you can also connect with other people whilst there). There are lots of other options.
In my opinion the most important thing is you choose what is best for YOU. There are loads of other options to be active: Yoga Classes, Pilates Classes Tai Chi classes (especially smaller groups), Swimming clubs, and Mindfulness/Meditation workshops. There are loads more too. They work great as they incorporate a few of the listed “stress busters” above such: Avoiding unhealthy habits, Challenging ourselves, More me time, Connecting with people, Taking control & being active.
If you would like any help finding classes/courses that are right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact me as I will be more than happy to help you find something that could be right for you.
You could also consider some sort of Massage, Beauty treatment, Hairdressers too (not just for ladies, Barber shops with old style wet shaves and face massages are increasing in popularity for gentlemen at the moment too!) as aware of having “me time” and massages are always good to help us relax.. if you like them!
Personally I think the NHS website and the mind website where most informative and you can find them here for lots of great information:
These are just little snippets and ideas of what I find useful and interesting in regards to stress. I hope you have found it helpful and continue to support Stress Awareness month too. These are just little snippets and ideas of what I find useful and interesting in regards to stress. I hope you have found it helpful and continue to support Stress Awareness month too.
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About the author
I am a Manual Therapist covering a range of different disciplines including massage & Biomechanics. I also run small specialist Pilates classes around Corfe Mullen, Broadstone, Wareham, Wimborne & Poole. Instead of just purely rubbing the pain, I always look to see if I can find a potential cause (or causes of the pain) and then work on treating this.
Pilates Instructor & Therapist, helping you understand why we do what we do!