April is Stress awareness month and our Wellbeing host Victoria has created a challenge to look after your physical and mental wellbeing. One of the best ways to relieve stress is through wellbeing and exercise and Victoria has created a 7-day guide to help reduce the side effects of stress.
Day 1 – Get outside
Fresh air has so many benefits for your mental wellbeing; as your lungs take in the fresh air you will feel more energised and your mood will significantly increase. One of our favourite walks is up the trundle – the view across Chichester on a sunny day is stunning.
Day 2 – Meet with friends
Spending time with family and friends is a great way to reduce stress, it gives you the opportunity to take your mind off any worries and enjoy yourself. It may be no surprise that having a good laugh can physically reduce the tension in your muscles and the effects of stress!
Day 3 – Exercise
Pick any form of exercise and do a workout. Exercise has been proven to help relieve stress, it releases feel-good endorphins reducing stress and anxiety. Why don’t you try April’s Gym Challenge! Time to get away (in the comfort of our gym). Jump on a piece of cardo equipment and tell us where you’ve been! We recently jumped on a Peloton and cycled around Reykjavik - it was amazing!
Day 4 – Spring clean
You spend a lot of time at home, living (or working) in an untidy environment can help trigger stress. Pick the room you spend the most time in and give it a good clean and declutter, you will feel relaxed after.
Day 5 – Start reading a book
Reading is one of the best ways to escape a hectic life and can be very comforting. Read for 20 minutes before bed, it will encourage you to put your phone down and you’ll sleep well. Our current favourite read is Sunday Times Best Seller ‘Breath’ by James Nestor.
Day 6 – Meditate
Mindful meditation reduces anxiety, improves productivity and helps with your overall health. Take 10 minutes out of your day to meditate and you will feel so much calmer afterwards. If you struggle to switch off and be present, we suggest the 'Calm' app; this can take you through guided mediation while you get started.
Day 7 – Find support
Open up to a family member or friend, having the support you need will help you deal with any worries you have.
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