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5 stress-reducing activities you can do from home this National Stress Awareness Week

By katie-sill | 06 Nov 2020 | Category: Blog
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From the 2nd-6th November 2020 is National Stress Awareness Week.

Stress can come in many different forms, from work stress through to worrying about money. Stress looks different for everyone, but the general cause of stress is your brain and body struggling with what you are trying to manage.

The latest announcement from the Prime Minister regarding a second national lockdown in a bid to halt the rising rate of infection from COVID-19 will most certainly bring with it its stresses. With the nation once again told to ‘stay home’ will not only bring people worries, but we all now have to find a way to manage these stresses while staying inside.

Well we’ve come up with our top 10 stress-reducing activities you can do from the comfort of your own home:

1. Exercise

Since March there has been a rise in home workouts due to gyms being forced to close, this not only saves you money by not paying out for a gym membership, it also means there is no excuse! Experts have also said that by taking part in quick 20-minute bursts of exercise can help to bump up the production of your brains feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins.

2. Get stuck in!

If the stresses you are feeling are more mental than physical it might be a good idea to channel your thoughts into something like a crossword or word search, giving you a task to focus on which will make you feel calmer and also give you a sense of achievement once it is completed!

3. Stress bake!

Do you remember back in March when we first went into lockdown and everyone went mad for baking? Well there was a reason for that! Baking is a project that requires planning and concentration from your part which focuses your brain on just one thing.

4. Meditate

Meditating is a well-researched stress relieving method that is very simple but effective technique once started. There are many apps out there that can help you get started!

5. Doodle!

Picking up an adult colouring book and just doodling in between the lines is still just as fun now as it was when you were 5. Doing something mindless like colouring can really help to relieve any stress you are feeling.

 

If you require some further advice or information on dealing with stress, find some useful numbers below:

Mind: 0300 123 3393

Samaritans: 116 123

Mood Swings: 0161 832 37 36

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