Healthy mind

Carol in Gillingham

Stress is unhealthy not only for the mind but also the body.

The effects of stress can range from behavioural and appetite changes to sleeplessness and chest pains. Stress can build up over time and lead to emotional, mental and physical problems.

Healthier lifestyle habits, including exercise can be an excellent way to relieve stress. They may take a little practice to develop, and you might not want to make lots of changes all at once. Find the way that works best for you.

Eating a high fat, sugar and salt diet can increase your anxiety even if there isn’t anything to worry about. Alcohol can stimulate your system, making it difficult to switch off and contrary to popular belief, smoking does not calm your nerves. If you’re struggling to identify the cause of stress, keep a diary for a month and review it to spot the triggers. Most of us know what it feels like when things get tough, whether it’s caused by money worries, family or work problems, illness or loneliness. The good news is there are things we can do to help us through those times.

Known as the five ways to wellbeing, they have been identified by national research* as things people can do to help themselves feel better and protect them against anxiety and depression. If built into our daily lives, these five actions can help us to get through difficult times, and to get more out of life when things are going well. They are:

  1. Connect
  2. Be active
  3. Take notice
  4. Keep learning
  5. Give

For more information about the physical symptoms of stress visit the MIND website.

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