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5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Bounce Back Like a Ball

Do you think of yourself as resilient? If something doesn’t go your way do you bounce like a ball or do you curl up into a ball and curse the world?​
​The way in which you deal with the stress caused by unexpected events has a major influence on how you approach life. If you are the ‘curl up into a ball’ type, you will go to great lengths to avoid stressful situations and cut yourself off from experiences that you might otherwise enjoy.

Even ‘bounce like a ball’ types will, on occasion, feel like curling up and the way in which an individual reacts can be influenced by the base level of stress you are feeling at a particular time. It is important, therefore, that you adopt a lifestyle that has the minimisation of stress built in and promotes ‘bouncy ball’ behaviour.

​With this in mind, here are 5 things that you can do as part of your normal routine to help keep your stress under control.

5 tips to reduce stress

​Sleep more.  It sounds basic but it is something that people commonly sacrifice. Everyone knows that they feel cranky and vulnerable if they’ve had a poor night’s sleep. What is less obvious, however, is that getting slightly less sleep than you need still leaves an impact. It’s very common in our society to exist on less than 6 hours of sleep a night but experts keep telling us we need at least 8 hours.  Sleep is essential not just to give our bodies’ adequate rest but to rejuvenate our minds.  “Tired” and “cranky” seem to go hand in hand so don’t reduce your chances of getting a decent night’s sleep.  Don’t use your bedroom to watch the news or finish up some work from the office.  Make that room your haven, a place to relax and escape the day.  Have a hot cup of tea, take a warm bath, or read a paperback to help you unwind.
​Breathe. “Breathe? I breathe all the time!”. True, but you don’t necessarily breathe in a way that reduces rather than enhances your feelings of stress. Everyone knows that they breathe in a different way when they are stressed. The hormones associated with stress tend to make you breathe rapidly and shallowly. Taking time out to focus on your breathing, even if it’s only in the 10 minutes before you go to sleep, can have significant effect on your mood. Take deep breaths with your abdomen rather than shallow breaths from your chest. Breathe in through your nose, slowly, and then breathe out through your mouth, again slowly. Perform about 15 repetitions of this type of breathing, and you will feel your heart slow and your mind calm down. It’s perfect prelude to getting the sleep you need.
​Turn it off.  We’re always being told that we live in a constantly connected world, the image of a mobile phone lurking by the bed, attached to its umbilical power cord to keep it alive all night and with its ability to interrupt your sleep at any time is a common one. Understand that you can actually live without making that final Facebook comment, or knowing that your friend is finishing the day with a warming cup of cocoa. Worse, the fact that you have a mobile phone whose number is known to your work colleagues often means that they expect to be able to reach you at any time too. If your employer legitimately needs to have your mobile number, make sure you set clear limits on when you can and cannot be reached.  Your time off is yours.
Take a holiday.  Everyone, at some time, ends up saying “I need a holiday”. You probably need more breaks from work than you think. A break doesn’t have to be somewhere exotic, just taking a little time, a day or a long weekend, will help recharge your batteries but, following on from the previous point, do not spend time off answering emails and phone calls from work. Your holiday should be just that!
​Treat yourself.  There’s a good reason that yoga classes are so popular. The whole mood of a yoga class is about gentle stretching and exercise rather than the sometimes frenetic activity you get in a spinning class or at the gym. Physical activity can have a huge beneficial effect on stress levels as it allows you to put those stress hormones to good use. Such exercise doesn’t have to be full on at a gym with loud music blaring though. Sign up for a yoga class, the costs are nominal, and you’ll feel more relaxed after even just one session.  A monthly massage or a spa treatment is also a great way to recharge.  You’ll walk out feeling like you’re floating on air.

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​Stress is unavoidable, what you do with it is up to you. Experiment with the above suggestions and see what works for you! Want to discover more tips, get in touch or sign up for our newsletters.
By Tina Elven

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3 Replies to “5 Ways to Reduce Stress and Bounce Back Like a Ball”

  1. Great! These are quick tips to reduce stress and I practice number 1 tip often. Even at work, whenever I’m much stressed that I can’t continue again, I often drive home to sleep, it works.

  2. A bath and a quick Pinterest session are enough to reset my buttons. The last few months have been very stressful for me work-wise and I needed a lot of patience to go through it. Now the merger is complete and everything is back to normal, including my sleep routine. I’m doing my best to sleep around 6-7 hours even if this means I have to say no to my favorite series, I just can’t function with only a few hours of sleep.

  3. Good tips and I think I have used them all 🙂 The one tip for reducing stress that seems to work for me is taking a long bath at the end of the day and really just relaxing. Letting all the muscles just loosening up and sit in the quite bathroom for 30-minutes or more. That seems to reset things for me at the end of a long day.

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