Stress relieving tips
Listen to music – this can be a great way to feel less stressed. When you feel things are getting to much, listen to some calming music. Music can have a very positive/calming affect on both the body and mind. It can help to reduce your blood pressure as well as lowering your cortisol (a hormone linked to stress) level.
Exercise – keeping active can help you control the emotional intensity you may be feeling. You will clear your head allowing you to deal with the problems you are facing. You don’t have to go the gym or go for an intense run, even going for a walk can reduce your stress. Getting your blood pumping causes endorphins to be released, helping to improve your mood very quickly.
Holiday – going on holiday to somewhere sunny will help to keep you calm and clear your head. Exposure to sunlight is believed to increase your levels of serotonin. Serotonin is a hormone that helps to boost your mood and keep you calm as well as focused.
Talk to a friend – ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is a cliche, but it does help to make you feel less stressed. Call a friend and talk to them about whats causing your stress, you never know they might even have a solution to your problem.
Don’t Worry, You’re Not Alone
Stress can cause people to become ill. In fact, in the UK in 2015/16 stress accounted for around 37% of all work related ill health cases (according to the Health and Saftey Executive website). In that same time, nearly half (45%) of working days lost due to ill health were caused by stress.
If you have had to take time off of work due to stress, money should be the least of your worries. This is where something like an Income Protection policy could come in handy. If you’d like to learn more about Income Protection, give one of our qualified advisors a call today.