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We all know what it’s like to feel stressed, but it’s not easy to pin down exactly what stress means.
Mindfulness is a practice that can enable people to change the way they think and feel about their stressful experience.
Resilience: How apt after last night’s Wembley final!
There’s probably never been a better time to talk about resilience than after the result from last night’s final at Wembley, particularly if you’re feeling emotionally drained from it all.
Imagine how the team and Gareth Southgate feel today! (I hope whatever disappointment fills them, they also have a huge amount of pride in themselves, their colleagues and manager for getting as far as they did.) 👏
And it made me think, that I can draw some parallels with the adrenalin the England team needed to get them all the way through the Euros to reach the final. At the start of the pandemic, we can probably say that we all had that adrenalin; we’d do whatever it took to keep our residents, ourselves and each other safe. And of course, that’s still true, but given the last year and a bit that we’ve all lived and worked through, it’s not surprising that our batteries are now pretty flat.
Get your boots on: It’s National Walking Day!
Can I encourage you to take a walk today?
Walking is simple, free, and one of the easiest ways to get more active, lose weight and become healthier. Sometimes overlooked as a form of exercise, walking briskly can help you build stamina, burn excess calories and make your heart healthier.
You don’t have to walk for hours. A brisk 10-minute daily walk has lots of health benefits and counts towards your recommended 150 minutes of weekly exercise. (Source: https://www.isagenixhealth.net)
- 15 minutes to curb cravings
All it takes is 15 minutes of walking to actually curb a craving for chocolate or other sweet-related foods. Next time you’re looking for something sweet, take a walk around the block. Source: https://www.isagenixhealth.net
April is Stress Awareness Month
Never has it been more important to recognise how we’re feeling than at the present time. April is stress awareness month. Awareness days are simply a way of us remembering and focusing on important issues, but of course we can feel stressed at any and many points in our lives. You owe it to yourself to acknowledge if you are feeling stressed and to take some time to look after yourself.
It’s important to note that being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help you take action, feel more energised and get results. But if you often become overwhelmed by stress, these feelings could start to be a problem for you. (Source – Mind – The Mental Health Charity)
This interactive tool from MHFA England, using a visual example of a stress container, shows how we all experience stress differently.
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