Stress is an important part of life. We do need it! However, it becomes a problem if we’re continually on high alert and we perceive a threat where there isn’t one. There are different ways to deal with stress and anxiety and, in my experience, we all have favourite activities that help us to unwind and step away, giving us time to look at a problem logically (rather than our primal instinct to survive).
My long-time favourite de-stressor is reading in bed. I can’t just slip into bed and fall asleep straight away. Thoughts whirl round in my head and make me restless. I’ve tried making notes before going to bed but that just seems to focus me on the problems I want to solve! We all know that a good night’s sleep goes a long way towards functioning appropriately the next day and reading is my panacea. The good thing is that I step into another world. Not so good is when I tell myself ‘one more chapter’ and before you know it you’ve lost a couple of hours of sleep 🙂
Crochet is another activity that helps me wind down. The rhythm and movement are meditative and often a solution will just pop into my mind (even when I think I’m not focused on an issue). Walking does that too!
Resilience is something we talk about a lot in my team at school. We share different strategies with children helping them to build a tool kit in the hope that when life throws them challenges in the future, instead of reacting with fight or flight they can be in control of how they view the challenges and react in a different way. Resilience is not innate, we’re not born with it but we can improve it.
April is National Stress Awareness Month so I thought I would take the opportunity of gathering together the articles I’ve already written on the blog.
A mixture of tips and resources on how to deal with stress and anxiety (mostly for adults but a couple for children too) I hope you’ll find something useful to help you.
Articles on Jera’s Jamboree
I recommend you check out the National Stress Awareness website. It’s a fabulous resource for:
- Explaining stress
- Resources and guides
- 10 step stress solution
- Stress at work