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Stress Less in April with Our Top Tips

We all get stressed from time to time - and more often than not, it just can't be helped. But did you know there's a month dedicated to feeling irritable - and helping people do their best to combat that all-too-familiar, yet completely frustrating feeling?

Taking place in April, Stress Awareness Month first launched in 1992 and was set up to highlight the common condition and the negative effects it can impose on the mind and body. So, if you're ready to learn how you can combat stress, read on...

It's worth knowing that, while most of us will experience stress at some point or another, extreme or constant stress can be highly damaging.

If left unchecked and untreated, it can actually be deadly. Known as the 'silent killer', its effects may not be immediate but they can cause lasting problems, like high blood pressure and even heart disease.

So, here's what you can do if you're experiencing more stress than you deem normal...

Say No to Caffeine, Nicotine, and Alcohol

Stimulants like caffeine and nicotine will actually increase your stress levels - so don't be tempted to reach for a cigarette, or a mug of coffee, if you're feeling irritable.

Alcohol should be avoided, too, since it's a depressant when taken in large quantities. As hard as it may be, swap coffee at work to herbal teas (or even water), and switch up your evening glass of red to a malty drink like Horlick's, or a hot chocolate. Believe us when we say you'll start to feel better soon, just by trying this simple tip.

Cutting down on caffeine and alcohol will also encourage a better night's sleep, which will ensure the following day goes a little more smoothly.

Exercise

Physical activity will decrease the level of stress hormones in your body, so make sure you make a date with that treadmill - or better yet, get outside in the fresh air for a jog with a friend. Even a brisk walk will help, so grab your trainers and get moving!

Get Some Shut Eye

Listen to what your body needs - and if that's more sleep, try to oblige. Lack of sleep will be a huge factor in how stressed you are - and everyone knows that everything feels better when you've had your eight hours+. So, create a relaxing routine at night - have a soak in the bath, or switch off your laptop and read - and try to relax.

Don't Be Afraid to Say No

As a nation, we find it hard to say 'no' to people. If we've promised a pal an after-work drink, or if we've said we'll work overtime later in the week, we feel like we mustn't let anyone down. And while we aren't about to tell you to disappoint your boss, what we will say is recognise when your body needs some TLC (translation: time in front of Netflix to just switch off) and don't book too many activities in during the week.

Talk to Someone

Feeling like stress is getting you down? It's time to talk to someone - even if it's just over the phone or by email. A problem shared is a problem halved - and you may find that your friend or relative has some helpful hints to alleviate the stress that seems to be taking over your life.

How do you deal with too much stress? Let us know by commenting on this blog...

Until next time...

Disclaimer: If you are allergic to any of the ingrdients listed in the products mentioned, do not consume them. Always check with your doctor before trying a new medication or regime, and if irritation or allergy occurs, stop using the product or medication immediately and seek medical advice.

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