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Blackpool’s Time To Change Hub Co-Ordinator Jamie-Lee talks about her top tips on dealing with stress

Continuing from last week’s post I wanted to share more ways in which you can manage stress with small practical steps.

Get creative

Getting the paints and paper out isn’t for everyone and for some it can fill you with dread just at the thought. If you aren’t into drawing or painting, consider colouring in a colouring book. Adult colouring books have risen in popularity and for good reason—colouring can be a great stress reliever. Research consistently shows that colouring can have meditative effect. Perhaps it’s the focus needed for the task keeping you present and in the moment.

Long-Term Stress-Relief Strategies for Lasting Health

Certain habits can promote resilience to stress, as well as increase overall wellness. For example, those who exercise or meditate regularly tend to become less stressed in the face of a difficult challenge.

Eat a Balanced Diet

A an unhealthy diet can build on your stress levels. Emotional eating and reaching for high-fat, high-sugar foods can provide a temporary sense of relief that adds to your long-term stress. Easy picks like biscuits and crisps, can cause a spike in blood sugar. When your blood sugar crashes, you might experience more stress and anxiety. Having a healthy diet can help you combat stress over the long time. Foods like eggs, avocado, and walnuts support energy balance.

Make Time for Activities

Activities can be a wonderful way to relieve stress. Yet, many people feel as though their lives are too busy for hobbies, games, or extra fun. But taking time for activities could be key to helping you feel your best. And when you feel better, you’ll perform better, which means leisure time may make your work time more productive.

Self-Talk Positive

The way you talk to yourself matters. Harsh self-criticism, self-doubt, and catastrophic predictions aren’t helpful. If you’re constantly thinking things like, “I don’t have time for this,” and “I can’t stand this,” you’ll stress yourself out. It’s so important to learn to talk to yourself in a more realistic, compassionate way. When you call yourself names or doubt your own ability, start to use that compassion on yourself, learn to believe in yourself. Get rid of any old words that may have been used from your past that are not helpful. “You deserve this” and “you got this”. Positive self-talk can help not only with your stress but your whole outlook on life.


I always think that Gratitude is too underestimated and often forgotten about but gratitude helps you see all the things you have to be thankful for. Whether it’s as small as a sunny day or getting to work on time or all the good people and things you have in your life. Gratitude also reminds you of all of the resources you have to cope with stress, which can be quite empowering. So whether you decide to make it a habit to look at what you’re grateful for as you sit around the dinner table or you decide to write down three things you’re thankful for each day, make gratitude a regular habit.

Prioritize Exercise

Physical activity is key to managing stress and improving mental health. And the best news is, there are many different kinds of activities that can reduce your stress. Join a gym, take a class, or exercise outside. Keep in mind that there are many different ways to get more physical activity in your day too.

Your To-Do Lists

If you’re trying to squeeze 20 hours work into 15 hours, you’re going to feel stressed. Reducing your workload could be key to helping you get through the day feeling better. Set realistic goals. Sorting your time management skills can allow you to minimize the stress that you experience, and better manage the ones you can’t avoid.

Cut out Things That Add to Your Stress

Sometimes, the best way to reduce your stress is to cut something out of your life. Letting go of the things that are adding to your stress so you can experience more peace. Watching the news, being constantly connected to your phone, drinking alcohol, and drinking too much caffeine are just a few of the things that may add more stress to your life. Making some changes to your daily habits could be huge in helping you feel better. Finding the best stress relief tools for you may take some experimenting. Some strategies may take practice too. But it’s important to keep looking for the tools that will help you manage life’s inevitable ups and downs in a healthy way




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