Self Care + Love

We all know the importance of self-care and love as part of our overall wellness but most of us still forget to make the time for ourselves, which can lead to burnout, stress, and anxiety.

Stress + anxiety

Everybody experiences stress and anxiety differently and different situations can trigger these feelings in a variety of ways. Sometimes you might be able to tell straight away that you are feeling stressed and anxious but other times you might keep going. Stress and anxiety can affect you both emotionally and physically.

How to recognise when you’re anxious or stressed

Stress and anxiety feels different for everyone. Some people experience physical symptoms when they are anxious or stressed, while others suffer psychologically.

Anxiety can create a feeling of unease and can be your body's natural response. It’s when you feel fearful or apprehensive about what may happen.

Anxiety can cause a surge of overwhelming panic, or feelings of losing control and agitation. Physically, some common symptoms can include a churning stomach, heart palpitations, chest pain, muscle tension, trouble breathing or choking sensations, hot or cold flushes, trembling and shaking.

Anxiety isn’t something you should be ashamed of and most people will experience it at some point in their life. However, it’s important to recognise what triggers it for you and to have support, tools and tips to help you when you need them.

Daily Tools + Tips

Add Self-Love & Care to your daily routine in 7 easy steps


1 –
Practice gratitude
2 - Use loving words to describe yourself
3 – Exercise regularly
4 - Get outdoors more
5 - Have an hour a day without technology
6 - Find time to spend time alone 
7 - Drink water

Other helpful tips
We have also found the following to be useful parts of a toolkit for managing stress anxiety.

Apps – Several apps, such as Calm and Headspacehave been created to help tackle anxiety and to aid calm thoughts.

Meditation - By bringing you back to the moment and focusing your concentration, meditation can help you torelax and reduce anxiety

Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines physical movement with controlled breathing for relaxation. Itcan help to reduce stress and can help to improve overall mental health and wellbeing.

Therapy – Talking therapies can be very helpful for anxiety, with several types available. To find the best typeof therapy for you, talk to your doctor about your anxietyand ask for advice.

 

Reading - By opening a book, you allow yourself to be transported to a different world that can help to remove you from your daily stresses and can offer different outlooks.

Breathing Techniques – Coherent breathing (taking long, deep breaths) can help to calm anxiety, relax you and can improve your overall wellbeing. Try inhaling very slowly through your nose for five seconds1-2-3-4-5.Exhale very slowly through your nose or mouth for five seconds: 1-2-3-4-5. Wait for five seconds then repeat the process three more times.

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