Stress awareness month aims to promote awareness of the causes of stress, the physical and mental effects it can have on a person, and how to manage stress levels.
Given the major toll that stress can have on wellbeing, The Thames Club wants to support this initiative by using today’s blog post to talk about healthy coping mechanisms.
What Causes Stress?
There are a lot of reasons why a person can feel stressed. From a heavy workload to a manic family life, from coping with the strain of serious problems to struggling to deal with the every day, there is no one cause. In fact, it is often not the result of a single issue but is triggered by the amalgamation of multiple factors.
Dealing with the root causes of your stress is the most efficient way to manage the problem. Time management, prioritising commitments, asking for help, and learning to say ‘no’ are all valuable tools, but it’s not always possible to eradicate stress from your life. Thus, the key is learning how to manage it.
Often, when dealing with a full schedule, self-care gets pushed to the bottom of the to-do list. It’s easier to get a takeaway than it is to cook a meal, and running errands takes precedence over running on the treadmill, but this is a short-sighted way to manage your time because eating a healthy diet and exercising are scientifically proven ways to combat stress.
Cooking can be time-consuming, which is why so many people who are on a strict schedule end up having ‘ding dinners’ or fast food. Whilst convenient, these products are usually lacking in nutrition.
If you’re struggling for time, why not call into the Breakfast By Bella Deli for some freshly prepared wholesome food? Or boost your fruit and vegetable intake with one of their fresh juices?
Exercise is a natural stress buster because it fights the underlying hormones – including adrenaline and cortisol – that cause the negative physical and mental effects of stress. The best exercises ensure that the body receives a workout and combines this with an opportunity to relax and calm the mind.
Yoga is a beneficial practice for reducing stress because of its focus on mental well-being. The Thames Club offers a multitude of yoga classes, but if you want to supersize the physical benefits of a class you ought to check out our hot yoga classes at The Hot Yoga Club. We also have a warm candlelit yoga class for those who are looking for the ultimate unwind.
If you want to blow off some steam and have fun, try clubbercise; it’s a high-intensity cardio dance class. The Thames Club’s full range of classes is available here.
Asking for Help
An important part of stress management is learning to share your worries with your loved ones and to ask for help. It’s normal to feel some stress, but it’s not okay to constantly feel on the brink of a breakdown. Talk about the pressure you’re under and make people aware of how the strain is affecting you.
Developing healthy coping mechanisms is key to staying on top of your stress levels and eating a balanced diet and engaging in exercise is a guaranteed way to help you manage. At The Thames Club, we have qualified PT’s to help you out and our nutritionist is always around to answer your questions, for more information click here.