It’s National Stress Awareness Week, a global initiative to raise awareness and provide support information about stress management.
From time to time, everyone can experience and suffer from stress. We currently live in a world which is becoming more fast-paced and well sometimes it can get a little overconsuming. Life can throw uncertain events our way which may affect us or sometimes we can just be burning the candle at both ends. Either way, it’s vital we all take steps to ensure that the effects of stress don’t become debilitating.
As we are entering into the Christmas season, stress can snowball quickly (excuse the pun) so keeping to simple mindfulness practices can provide instant calm and return a sense of control.
At Boss, we are privileged to be situated opposite the Buddhist Centre in Manchester, where relaxation and meditation classes are common and well attended by people from all walks of life, including our colleagues and models.
At Boss Model Management looking after our staff is a key priority and we are fortunate to have an amazing masseuse Sue who visits us at Boss HQ every month to provide our lovely colleagues to a mindfulness session of massage therapy.
Debra, MD at Boss comments,
“We have some amazingly talented people working at Boss HQ and as a responsible employer who is mindful of the demands of this fast-paced industry, we like to keep our staff happy, smiling and relaxed. We also support the Be Well Collective, a charity which helps models in particular deal with the very real and extremely stressful challenges models face every day. Learning to deal with stress is an important part of all our lives.”
As part of National Stress Awareness Week, we wanted to help raise awareness and share 5 Top Tips to help eliminate stress in your everyday life courtesy of the International Stress Management Association and the NHS.
Exercise benefits your mind just as well as your body. Even a 20-minute walk, run, swim or dance session in the midst of a stressful time can give an immediate effect that can last for several hours.
Smile and laugh
Our brains are interconnected with our emotions and facial expressions. When people are stressed, they often hold a lot of stress in their face. So laughs or smiles can help relieve some of that tension and improve the situation.
Meditation and mindful prayer help the mind and body to relax and focus. Mindfulness can help people see new perspectives, develop self-compassion and forgiveness. When practicing a form of mindfulness, people can release emotions that may have been causing the body physical stress. Much like exercise, research has shown that even meditating briefly can reap immediate benefits.
Notice the everyday
Even as we go about our daily lives, we can notice the sensations of things, the food we eat, the air moving past the body as we walk. All this may sound very small, but it has huge power to interrupt the autopilot mode we often engage day to day and to give us new perspectives on life.
Learn to manage your time more effectively
We waste a lot of time doing unimportant tasks, especially when stressed, so prioritise your day and do the important jobs first. The unimportant ones can wait, and often they will disappear completely leaving you time to do other things. Also, do not put off unpleasant tasks – avoidance causes a great deal of stress. Give unpleasant tasks a high priority and do them first.
Want to know more? – See below a list of useful links to further information about Stress Management and tips to helping your mental health wellbeing.
International Stress Management Association –https://isma.org.uk/