VIDEO 05

Less Stress

Stress is a fact of life.

Stress hormones can be useful helping us in stressful situations especially when we need more energy. These hormones can increase heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar temporarily. While useful for immediate danger, these responses also occur in everyday stress, leading to potential health issues like high blood pressure. It can also negatively affect our mental health.

Poor sleep, junk food, alcohol, or drug use, can all make the symptoms of stress worse.

As a shift worker having a healthy attitude to managing stress is important, and with practice resilience can be built over time.

Simple yet powerful stress management methods include

Gratitude:

Proven to manage stress and improve mental health as well as fatigue, and improve sleep. Practicing gratitude daily can help reduce stress. Simply think of things you are grateful for. The small things count just as much.

Box Breathing:

Used by Navy SEALs and the military it involves breathing in for 4 counts, holding for 4, exhaling for 4, and holding again for 4. It can help to bring calm and is also useful for sleep.

Mindfulness:

Living in the present moment reduces stress. Lean to sit without your phone or other distractions. Just be. Practicing mindful eating or listening to calming music can also be very effective.

Nature:

Spending time in nature, even in local parks or gardens, is scientifically proven to significantly reduce stress levels.

Finally…

Finding your personal relaxation techniques and practicing them regularly is crucial to sustaining health. In stressful situations learn to focus only on what you can control this helps you to conserve energy and reduce stress. Get into he habit of asking yourself “how much of this is in my control?” Action that and let the rest go!