How many times have you said you’re fine when you’re not?
I’m fine being your default answer when really you're feeling totally wobbly on the inside. Well I think we're all in agreement it's time to start taking responsibility for what’s going on inside so we can live bolder, more confident lives all round. Who’s with me?!
We can’t promise this will mean a stress free 2017, but here’s our handy guide to notice if you’re stressing too much and how to get back on track to being a happier and more confident you.
1. You’re a master of the scroll
Studies have revealed correlations between low self-esteem, depression, body dysmorphia and social media use. We love social media, you name it we’ve scrolled it, but scrolling leads to increases anxiety and other negative emotions like jealousy.
If you want to stop feeding your self-comparison gremlin here’s what to do:
Now make this a daily practice, ideally switching off your phone at least one hour before you go to bed.
2. You have difficulty getting off to sleep
If you struggle with getting to sleep, you’re not alone. According to a sleep study conducted by Oxford University and the Royal Society for Public Health 40% of people aren’t getting enough sleep. With 54% of the public saying they have felt stressed from poor sleep, so here’s how to increase your chances of a good nights kip.
3. Your mind feels like a washing machine, churning over the same thoughts
We’ve all been there, the worry of something that occupies every moment like some horrid fun sponge. The work deadline, a girl or guy who hasn’t text back, marriage, break ups. Lets face it, life happens.
Why not try stopping the churning with stress-reduction program Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) by Jon Kabat-Zinn. Jon suggests:
4. Your eating patterns have changed
Harvard Health Publication says that stress can shut down appetite in the short term, leading to weight loss. Stress causes the adrenal glands to release fight or flight hormones which temporarily shut down your need to eat. Coming to think of it that must be why I’ve never seen anyone fleeing a lion with a happy meal tucked under their arm. Prolonged stress has the opposite effect on your system with the release of cortisol, which amongst other functions, increases appetite. If you stay in a continued state of stress your cortisol levels don’t drop, leaving you reaching for the chocolate. Seeing as a total of 11.7 million working days were lost to stress in 2015/16 I would say many people’s stress levels are not going anywhere.
Here's how to combat stress eating:
Keeping track of sleeping, eating and thought patterns should help you de-stress and leave you feeling bold, confident and awesome. Now get out there and slay the rest of 2017!