Stress Awareness Month – Avonbourne’s Tips For Avoiding Stress
Throughout April, for Stress Awareness Month, we’ve been thinking about what stress is, how to spot the signs, and to avoid it altogether. Here are some of our suggestions.
Connecting with others is so important, and we know for many people that’s been one of the hardest parts of the last year; missing friends and family, and not being able to see loved ones. One of the advantages of living at Avonbourne is that we’ve been her for five years now and there is always something going on here and someone to talk to. Taking part in shared activities is an excellent way to relax, and having a good giggle with someone is wonderful stress reliever.
Take Some Me Time
All that said about connecting with people, it’s also important to connect with yourself and take regular ‘me time.’ Make time to do some of the things you really love to do. Perhaps read a book, enjoy a soak in the bath, (maybe even combine the two!) or write a letter to an old friend.
Spend Time With Animals
Not everyone has pets, and they can be a lot of work, but spending time with animals is a wonderful way to prevent stress. We think we have it cracked at Avonbourne, with our two animatronic cats, Isaac and Tom; they love being stroked and cuddled, and purr and miaow to confirm that, but they don’t shed hair and they don’t need to be fed!
Get Some Exercise
We’re not talking about training for a marathon, just some gentle exercise a few times a week. Exercise is known to reduce the intensity of any stressful feelings, and we all know that keeping active is good for our overall wellbeing. Lots of our activities at Avonbourne have an active element and we like to keep things varied so there is always something different to try.