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All the tips around stress and overwork bundled together

door Floris Biesemans op Feb 21, 2023

Stress is a common problem in our society and can lead to a wide range of physical and mental health problems. It is important to reduce stress and learn how to manage it in a healthy way. In this blog, GIMMY will share several tips to reduce and prevent stress, as well as tips to better manage stress when it occurs. Whether you are dealing with stress at work, at home or elsewhere, these tips, many of which are based on scientific research, can help you find more peace and balance in your life.

Tips to avoid overexertion

  • Exercise regularly: regular exercise can reduce overexertion, reduce anxiety and improve mood. Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise a day, such as walking, biking, swimming or yoga.
  • Get enough sleep: sleep is important to reduce overexertion. Try to get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Sleep deprivation can lead to fatigue, irritability and an increased risk of burnout-related health problems.
  • Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet can help reduce symptoms of overexertion. Eat nutrient-rich foods such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, lean proteins and healthy fats.
  • Reduce caffeine and alcohol: too much caffeine and alcohol can increase anxiety and tension and interfere with sleep. Limit their use or avoid them completely.
  • Avoid multitasking: doing too many things at once can lead to feelings of overwhelm and overwhelm. Try to concentrate on one task at a time and take regular breaks to rest your brain.
  • Get plenty of relaxation: do activities that are relaxing, such as yoga, meditation, a walk in nature or reading a book. These activities can help reduce overexertion and calm the mind.
  • Talk to others: talking about your worries and overexertion can help reduce them. Seek support from friends, family members or a professional counselor if needed.

Tips for dealing with stress better

Of course, sometimes you have stress, as everyone experiences from time to time. In that case, it means that the above tips have not helped enough and you need to try to deal with that stress at that time. As a result, we have listed some tips for you around this as well.

  • Accept the stress: stress is a normal part of life and it is important to learn how to deal with it. Try to accept the stress instead of fighting it.
  • Determine what you can control: there are things you can control and there are things you cannot control. Focus your energy on what you can control and accept what you cannot change.
  • Breathing exercises: deep breathing exercises can help calm the mind and reduce stress. Focus on breathing in slowly through your nose, holding the breath and exhaling slowly through your mouth.
  • Do something fun: Doing an activity you enjoy can help reduce stress. This can be something small, like reading a book or watching a movie, or something big, like a vacation.
  • Prioritize sleep: sleep is important for reducing stress. Try to get enough sleep and establish a regular sleep pattern.
  • Take care of yourself: take time to take care of yourself and relax. Do things that give you energy, such as taking up a hobby, taking a relaxing bath or going out with friends.
  • Take advantage of professional help: If you feel that you cannot control stress and it is affecting your life, consider seeking professional help. A therapist or counselor can help develop coping strategies and provide support during difficult times.

What not to do when you have a nervous breakdown

Finally, after lots of tips on things to do, we'd like to give you some tips on things not to do when you're overworked.

  • Avoid excessive caffeine and alcohol: caffeine and alcohol can stimulate your nervous system and increase your anxiety level, further increasing your stress level.
  • Avoid excessive sugar and processed foods: sugar and processed foods can cause spikes and drops in blood sugar levels, which can lead to feelings of nervousness and anxiety.
  • Avoid negative self-talk: if you have a lot of negative thoughts, this can increase your stress level and increase your anxiety level. Try to have positive thoughts and talk to yourself encouragingly.
  • Avoid too much technology: spending too much time on social media, watching television or other technology can increase your stress level and disrupt your sleep.
  • Avoid too much work: too much work can lead to feelings of overwhelm and stress. Try to manage your workload by prioritizing and delegating tasks.

Are you under a lot of stress or feeling overworked? Then be sure to read our blog Overworked - what do you feel when you are overworked and what do you do about it?

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