Could stress be managed through exercise?
Stress is unavoidable and will affect most peoples' lives at some point or another, but it's how we deal with it that can make a huge difference. Figures from the Health and Safety Executive show that 487,000 people in the UK fell ill as a result of work-related stress in 2013-14.
However, various studies have found a link between exercise and alleviating stress. Physical activity causes the body to release endorphins, which will improve your mood and create a more positive outlook.
Take a look at how you can manage stress through exercise.
Go to the gym
The gym is a great place to beat your stress and take time off from your hectic schedule. If you can't find the motivation to go, take a friend with you so you have company. Most gyms also offer a range of classes, so try a few to challenge your body and see what you enjoy most.
A short walk close to home could be what's needed to reduce your stress levels. Try a different route for a change of scenery - you might even discover places you never knew existed! We recommend finding a quiet path so you're not distracted and will have plenty of time to clear your mind.
Join an activities club
The gym isn't for everyone, but the good news is there are plenty of activity and sports clubs for you to join. These range from walking groups to cycling, dance to yoga. You might even pick up a new hobby in the process!
Meditation has been used for centuries as a tool for de-stressing - and with good reason. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recommends it as a preventative measure for depression, and it can also benefit anyone affected by stress.
Play some calming music, wear loose clothing, close your eyes and breathe deeply and slowly. Doing this for five to 10 minutes a couple of times a week will make a difference.