Posted: Tuesday 3rd April 2018
April is Stress Awareness Month and an important time to think about how you could manage and reduce your stress and limit the negative effects stress has.
The NHS has some great advice for how to deal with stress including practicing mindfulness and effective breathing exercises.
One effective management of stress is physical activity; simply walking more is proven to boost your mood. Why not try one of the hundreds of Hertfordshire Health Walks across the county and get moving more? This is just one of the ways to be more active whatever your age, there are more ideas to get you moving on our health portal.
When stress becomes unmanageable it can begin to affect your mental health. Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing and the NHS recommend following these steps to feel happier, more positive and able to get the most from life.
Below are five things that, according to research, can really help to boost our mental wellbeing:
- Connect – connect with the people around you: your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. Learn more in Connect for mental wellbeing.
- Be active – you don't have to go to the gym. Take a walk, go cycling or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more in Get active for mental wellbeing.
- Keep learning – learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning to play a musical instrument, or figure out how to fix your bike? Find out more in Learn for mental wellbeing.
- Give to others – even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering at your local community centre, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more in Give for mental wellbeing.
- Be mindful – be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body and the world around you. Some people call this awareness "mindfulness". It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more in Mindfulness for mental wellbeing.
For more health advice visit our Health in Herts portal