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10 Tips For Maintaining Your Emotional Well-being

Did you know that April is National Stress Awareness Month? This awareness month has been running since 1992 but according to the Stress Management Society, we still have a long way to go in raising awareness of the causes and cures of our current stress epidemic. The Mental Health Foundation claims that 74% of adults have felt overwhelmed with stress at some point in the past year (quoted from The Stress Management Society website). We know that stress affects both young and old and many of our service users will experience stress in their lives for a variety of reasons.

Taking care of our physical, emotional and mental health all contributes to helping us manage stress effectively. In this post the focus is on steps we can take to maintain our emotional health. Oftentimes, our approach is reactive once we’re overwhelmed but being proactive and including self-care in our daily routines helps us to avoid the negative effects of chronic stress.

Some asphaleia staff and volunteers have put forward their tried and tested methods for maintaining their emotional health, perhaps you may be inspired to adopt some of them yourself!

  1. Write down 5 things you want to believe about yourself and read it out loud several times a day.
  2. Get a good night’s sleep.
  3. Don’t think about work when you are not at work! Shut off at the end of the day. Do activities after work; see friends, read, watch a series, go to the gym/cinema – work will be there again tomorrow.
  4. For my emotional well-being I smile, which in turn makes people smile back, which brightens my day.  Also a good laugh is a great emotional spirit lifter.
  5. My main source of well-being is distracting myself with something creative every evening for at least 20 minutes. For me this is drawing, writing or playing the guitar.
  6. I cycle to and from work. Starting and ending my day with exercise really helps!
  7. Talk through your feelings with a friend, it always helps when you say your problems out loud.
  8. I write a thought list before I go to sleep to ensure I clear my mind and write down anything that comes into my thoughts so my brain can relax as it knows it’s been written down and will be read when I wake up.
  9. Practice deep breathing. It’s a simple technique to relax your body. It is easy to be completely unaware that you’re shallow breathing when you’re stressed, which can lead to feeling dizzy, a racing heart – the kind of physical feelings that make you more stressed!
  10. Connect with people in person. Social media can make you feel like you’re connecting with people all the time but it’s not the same as meeting up with someone face to face.

Follow us on instagram @asphaleiainsta to hear some more tips on reducing stress this month from staff and young people!

 

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