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Stress Awareness Month – the importance of sleep, a routine and daily choices

Sleep, routine, Daily Choices...

Hello from the Team here at Bridge! If you saw last week’s blog, you’d have seen that this month is Stress Awareness Month and we’ll be talking about ways in which you can help to combat stress.

This week, we’re focusing on sleep, routine and daily choices. Content Executive, Nicole Miller explained the importance of creating a routine for yourself and how it can help your mentality. “I think a routine is especially important, as it encourages you to plan your day and helps you to set timeframes and deadlines for certain activities. I personally work and function better knowing I’m in control of what is happening day to day. Without that, I seem to feel a little lost, and it can cause me to feel slightly anxious. Knowing I have a routine helps me to focus rather than worry and stress about what needs to be done.”

Another factor that can help make a difference to our mental health is getting a decent night’s sleep. It might seem obvious but how often do you wake up feeling completely refreshed? “When was the last time you woke up feeling like you’d had enough sleep? Getting a good night’s sleep makes a huge difference to our mood and our overall mindset. If you’re a light sleeper like me, it’s important to stay hydrated throughout the day as this can affect our quality of sleep and reduce the amount of times we wake up during the night.”

Both of these points also tie in with the choices you make on a daily basis. What food to eat, which jobs to prioritise and whether to exercise or not are just some of the factors that contribute to stress depending on the choices you make. Stress is such a common feeling, and can be caused by a number of things, regardless of how big or small they may be.

What’s important to know is that if you are feeling this way, you aren’t alone and there are countless ways in which you can combat it, such as introducing routines, lifestyle changes or simply by talking to someone.