Helping Manage Stress & Its Effects
Stay Connected to Reduce Stress
Ilter Dumduz, founder, Blys
April marked Stress Awareness Month, which aims to raise awareness of stress and how to deal with its effects. This can be potentially lifesaving as it works to break the stigma around mental illness, which affects so many of us. With the spread of Covid-19, we are currently experiencing one of the most stressful situations in our lifetimes and it’s necessary to find new ways of living and dealing with the uncertainty.
In Australia, nearly five million people are battling with the effects of stress. Although stress is not uncommon, it is vital to stay aware and take precautions to ensure that the stress doesn’t become overwhelming or unmanageable. Whilst many of us would normally take some time out, get a massage or go to a salon for stress relief, unfortunately, this is no longer allowed due to social distancing rules. At Blys, we have added online wellbeing services so that people can still feel connected, less lonely and to help them combat stress.
Whilst we might feel stuck inside, it is still important to make time for ourselves to connect to our bodies and minds and not just get stuck in a rut of constantly working or watching TV. Create some structure in your week and days by ensuring you call or video chat with someone every day, and make sure to allocate time for your body and mind. For example, keep a diary or calendar where you schedule in workouts, online social events, exercise outside and time for relaxation, such as meditation. This way, you’re practising self-care, making sure you’re still getting some endorphins from exercise, allowing some time to switch off and also very importantly, connect with your friends and family.
Whilst stress is often caused in the mind, it has very negative physical effects such as high blood pressure, difficulty sleeping and fatigue. One way to help manage stress is with meditation. This is becoming more widely practised and recognised to have incredible benefits such as reducing stress and improving your general wellbeing. There are many different forms of meditation, but guided meditation is perfect for beginners as a voice helps explain how to relax and clear your mind.
Exercise is another great way to help deal with stress as it releases feel-good hormones called endorphins. These are very effective in dealing with stress, anxiety and depression as well as regulating sleep patterns. Yoga is a perfect option for isolation as you only need space for a mat at home and it really encourages you to connect to your mind and body. Yoga can be done gently so you don’t need to be an athlete and you can even practise at home in front of an online video class, tailored to your own needs.
Another way to help deal with stress is by speaking to a counsellor or psychologist to help manage your anxiety. Talking therapy with a trained professional can help put your worries into perspective and offer coping mechanisms that will improve the way that you deal with stressful situations.
In the last week of March 2020, mental health charity and service, Beyond Blue, saw a 30% increase in calls to its helpline, leaving many struggling to access the help they need. Counselling, psychology and coaching is available via Blys Telehealth services with an array of experts specialising in different areas, such as relationship counselling or stress management in addition to yoga, mediation and personal training. Combat loneliness and feel connected to another person by speaking over video and enjoy confidential counselling to suit your preferences.
To help manage stress, you can practise one-on-one online meditation, yoga or can have a personal training, counselling, coaching or therapy session via Blys Telehealth. If you are feeling the effects of stress, it’s important to remember that many other people are also struggling in this difficult time and that there is no stigma in seeking help from a trained professional. Not only will you feel like a weight has been lifted, but it will also likely improve your life.
If you’re curious to learn more about mental health and coping strategies, visit https://getblys.com.au/services/blys-telehealth/. If you need urgent assistance and are having suicidal thoughts then contact 000 or Lifeline on 13 11 14 for crisis support.