Today’s Blackboard Wisdom:
The build up to Christmas can be one of the most stressful times of the year and I believe it is no coincidence that illness is on the increase at this time. Stressful situations affect our health, and illness can be the body’s way of communicating that the level of stress that you are experiencing is beyond coping capacity. There is often guilt associated with doing ‘nice’ things for yourself, especially if that means taking time off work or spending time away from the family. However, an hour to yourself can make all the difference and can be enough to prevent illness, and therefore more time away from the people that rely on you. So now is the time to look into ways in which you can take care of yourself.
Here are my top tips for looking after you:
1. Ask for support
2. Surround yourself with healthy relationships and positive situations
4. Spend time with a friend or family member that you can talk honestly with and express your true feelings
5. Find a stress-relieving outlet such as exercise
6. Find a suitable relaxation technique such as yoga, meditation or massage
Think of these measures as mandatory investments in your long term health.