Are you feeling stressed? You may be experiencing stress due to work commitments or issues in your personal life. Physically demanding jobs, early starts and long and/or antisocial hours synonymous with the racing industry may add to your stress levels. There are ways you can manage your stress and we are here to offer you support and advice.
What is Stress?
Stress can affect you in a number of ways and is primarily a physical response to help you combat threats or difficulties. Stress causes your body to go in to ‘fight or flight’ mode and release a number of chemicals and hormones which lead to increased adrenaline and other physical reactions. If stress becomes a constant in your life and is not dealt with, it may affect your physical and mental health. There is no need to suffer in silence if you are experiencing the following signs of stress:
- Feeling angry, irritable or anxious
- Feeling overwhelmed and depressed
- Difficulty concentrating and making decisions
- Difficulty sleeping
- High blood pressure
- Headaches, dizziness and physical pain
- Eating too little or too much
Listen below to trainer Dan Skelton and his wife Grace talk about stress, what triggers stress and how they manage it at one of the country's busiest yards.
5 Ways to Manage Stress
1. Share your problem with family and friends – if you are feeling overwhelmed then reach out to those closest to you. Simply telling someone can help relieve your stress levels and you may receive extra support.
2. Exercise and eat healthily – being active can reduce your symptoms of stress, even just a daily short walk can help. Maintaining a healthy diet without skipping meals or eating the wrong foods can also be effective.
3. Take a break or a holiday - time away from work and your daily routine can help your mental health and leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
4. Practice mindfulness – medical research has shown that as little as ten minutes of mindfulness (clearing your mind and focusing on the present) per day can help to reduce stress. You may find mindfulness podcasts and apps helpful.
5. Take time for your interests and hobbies – try to make time for your favourite activities when you can clear your head and enjoy your favourite pastime without worries or pressure.
Get Support Now
Are you struggling to cope with stress through lockdown due to COVID-19? Here is some advice and guidance to help you from the World Health Organisation.
Are you unable to cope at work or at home due to stress? Our advisors are here to help you and provide specialist support.
- call us on 0800 6300 443
- Speak to a trained counsellor here
You may also find the following information helpful:
- Looking after your mental wellbeing
- 5 steps for better mental wellbeing
- Practice self-care
We also provide online Specialist Counselling which can help you combat stress.