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6 Small Steps to Manage Stress

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Small actions, to make big changes. 

In April, Stress Awareness Month is recognised. This annual campaign aims to increase awareness about stress causes and remedies, while also working to diminish the stigma associated with stress and mental well-being.

This year’s theme #LittleByLittle, highlights the transformative impact of consistent, small positive actions on overall wellbeing. Even the smallest steps taken each day towards self-care and stress reduction can have significant improvements in mental health over time. How we manage stress can make a big difference to our mental wellbeing. 

Here are 6 small steps to help manage stress:

  1. Connect with Someone: Are they okay? Are you okay? Check in with your support network. Connect with someone new. A sense of belonging and community can help reduce feelings of loneliness. 

  2. Prioritise Sleep: Take small steps to improve your bedtime routine. Wind down before bed by minimising your screen time. Make your bedroom a tech-free zone. Create a clean and restful environment. Jot down what’s on your mind and set it aside for tomorrow. Avoid caffeine after 4pm. 

  3. Move in your own way: Get moving the way you want to. This could be walking, running, stretches, yoga, even doing some gardening. Move in a way you’ll enjoy, get those endorphins going and let off some steam. 

  4. Spend Time in Nature: Take time out of your day to step outside, get some fresh air and spend time in nature. This could be eating your lunch outside or taking a short walk after work. Stimulate your senses and look at the beauty of nature. 

  5. Breathe Deep: Your breath is a powerful tool to help with stress reduction and relaxation. Short, shallow breaths can heighten anxiety so being conscious and taking time to breathe deep helps us shift into relaxation mode. 

  6. Practice Mindfulness: This allows you to focus on the here and now. It aids self-awareness and helps you practice emotional regulation and control. You can actively practice during a designated mindfulness session or be mindful in all five of your senses whilst participating in an activity, such as a nature walk. 

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