According, to the HSE (Health and Safety Executive) there were approximately 440,000 cases in relation to work related stress, depression and anxiety in 2014/2015.
This really doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering today’s fast paced lifestyle that we have all grown accustomed to. Factor in our desire to be constantly connected via social media and technology and you can begin to understand why such a large percentage of the population feel overwhelmed and disconnected from real life.
So, the big question is – what can we all do to help reduce our stress levels and how can we feel less anxious? Well, according to a study that was carried out in 2015 by Yale and the UCLA there is evidence that suggests that there is a direct link between kindness and the reduction of our stress levels.
So, before I go off on a tangent, here are just a few examples of the things you can do to help reduce your own personal stress levels as well as make you feel happier.
- Hold the door open for someone.
- Be patient.
- Spend more time with your loved ones.
- Be spontaneous – go to that restaurant that is over 30 miles away, jump in the car and drive to some random place.
- Help out around the house and do some chores.
- Cook a nice meal for someone.
- Be polite – say please and thank you.
- Be supportive and not critical to your friends and family.
- Give someone a hug/ kiss.
- Tell them you love them often.
- Phone someone to let them know you care.
- Donate to charity.
- Buy a homeless person a hot meal.
- Send someone a card, letter or email to let them know you are thinking of them.
- Arrange a street Party or BBQ.
- Put your phone away when you are out for a meal with your family, friends or partner.
- Offer help if you see someone struggling
- Carry someone’s shopping to the car for them.
- Buy your loved one some soup and a few of their favourite things when they are sick.
- Have fun at all times.
- Eat healthy food.
- Exercise regularly.
- Be kind to yourself.
- Don’t use others as a benchmark – the only person who you need to please is yourself.
- Listen to music.
- Spend more time with those that matter to you.
- Let someone go in front of you at the supermarket.
I hope you have found this post helpful. If you are suffering from any of these conditions, then please do seek help from a medical professional.
P.S. I hope you have a great day!