Reduce your stress response tip

- Coronavirus series tip 1

Reduce your stress response

When we’re anxious, the body’s stress response (a.k.a. the fight or flight response) is active. So taking steps to reduce this response and activate the relaxation response is usually one of the first things I suggest people do if they’re stressed or anxious.

Regular mindfulness practice can be great for managing and reducing stress, as can listening to guided relaxation audios, progressive muscle relaxation techniques, relaxing with calming music, mindful yoga or practising relaxing breathing methods. Find what works for you.

Exercise is also very good for stress as it helps to disperse stress hormones. While we may not be able to get out at the moment, lots of exercise teachers are now running classes virtually so you can Zumba in your own front room!