Stress Awareness Month

Tip 8 – Enjoy time with your pet

Multiple studies indicate that pets are powerful forms of stress relief, lowering not only blood pressure but also stress hormones, which is associated with depression and anxiety, and elevating beneficial ones linked to happiness and relaxation.

Touch and movement are two healthy ways to quickly manage stress. Stroking a dog, cat, or other animal can lower blood pressure and help you quickly feel calmer and less stressed.

Curian announce expansion to diagnostic imaging network

We are delighted to provide some positive news this Friday by announcing that we have added a further 20 nationwide MRI sites, that currently have availability, to our diagnostic imaging network.

Curian Medical are one of the leading providers of diagnostic imaging to the personal injury sector. With our extensive network of venues offering the modern imaging techniques we are the perfect rehabilitation partner to the medico legal sector.

We offer competitive fixed fees across our portfolio of rehabilitation treatments and our ever increasing network ensures that patients do not travel far.

Curian Medical continue to be committed to facilitating rehabilitation for your clients where it continues to be safe to do so. #personalinjury #imaging #MRI #CT #Xray #Ultrasound #radiology

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Tip 7 – Ask for help

When asking for help there are lots of options of support to choose from and different things work for different people at different times.  We’ve all heard of the saying “a problem shared is a problem halved” – If you are troubled by something, don’t supress it, instead speak to someone.  Some of the help available includes;

  • Visiting your GP – Your doctor is there to help with your mental health as well as physical health
  • Workplace support – Some organisations offer their employees access to talking therapies, mental health first aiders and Employee Assistance Programmes (EAP)
  • Counsellors/psychotherapists – Trained therapists and counsellors can offer a range of different therapies and these are available through the NHS or privately
  • Charities – There are a number of different charities which offer support via helplines and listening services
  • Student Services – Higher education establishments usually have a student wellbeing centre that offers support to its students
  • Your family or friends may be able to offer practical help or a listening ear

Importantly remember, you are not alone and you deserve support.

Curian Minds does not provide a Critical Crisis Response service. If you have urgent mental health needs or are in a crisis please contact your GP, GP out of hours service, NHS 111 or The Samaritans on 116 123 (UK & ROI) in the first instance.

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Tip 6 – Get adequate sleep

Too much stress can cause you to have a bad sleep, leading to mental and physical health issues which can, in turn, cause stress in daily life, leading to poor sleep at night.

There are however a number of things you can try in order to get adequate sleep.  Remember, you might need to try a few different things before you find what works for you;

  • Establish a routine – try going to bed and getting up at roughly the same time each day to create a sleep pattern
  • Relax – try to do something relaxing, such as listening to calming music or take a bath
  • Sleep in a comfortable environment – you may want to experiment with the temperature, light and noise levels to work out what works best for you
  • Try to resolve stresses and worries – some people find meditation or writing down their feelings in a notebook before they settle down for bed really helps
  • Go tech free  – try to give yourself some tech-free time an hour or so before bed, to help yourself prepare for sleep
  • Food, drink and exercise – doing regular physical activity can help with sleep.  Whilst caffeine, alcohol and sugary foods may give short-term help they can all disturb your sleep patterns
  • Medication and physical pain – some medications and physical pain may affect your sleep, if you think this may be the case visit your GP.

Sleep allows our bodies to repair themselves and our brains to consolidate our memories and process information.  Most of us need around 8 hours of good-quality sleep a night to function properly – but some need more and some less. What matters is that you find out how much sleep you need and then try to achieve it.


Stress Awareness Month

Tip 5 – Take up a hobby

Whilst therapies and medications may help improve the lives of many experiencing mental health issues, taking time out to pursue a hobby or leisure activity can bring significant benefits, regardless of what you choose to do.  Try to make time for doing the fun things you enjoy.  If we don’t spend any time doing things we enjoy, we can become irritable and unhappy.

Pursuit of a hobby or activity can help an individual by reducing stress and improving mood.

Your hobby should be a pleasurable activity that allows you to take your mind off of the demands of your daily life, or negative emotions. It’s a healthy and productive distraction from work or personal troubles.

Hobbies can also help improve memory and give your brain a workout – Puzzles provide a focus and medical professionals agree that they help reduce stress and anxiety. These can be anything from jigsaws, crosswords, Sudoku or any number of other brain teasers.

The benefits of having a hobby can greatly improve your life – what hobbies do you have?


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Tip 4 – Stay Connected

A good support network of colleagues, friends and family can ease your troubles and help you see things in a different way.  Talking things through with a friend can also help you find solutions to your problems.

If you want to improve your mental health and your ability to combat stress, surround yourself with good friends and confidants.

At this moment in time when we are being asked to stay at home it is important to maintain contact with your support network.  Despite being a double-edged sword, social media sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter can actually help you stay connected with friends and loved ones, leading to better mental and emotional health.  Family pages can be created on Facebook, for instance, to help maintain connections with loved ones even when people are spread out across the country.

Stress relief technology comes in many forms, from apps to online games and social media, and everyone has unique needs. The great news is that technology allows you to try these different methods in the comfort of your own home.


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Tip 3 – Maintain a healthy diet

As we become busy and stressed we tend to make poor nutritional choices that can actually increase our stress levels and cause other problems too. We may do this because we’re in a hurry and it’s easier to grab pre-packaged food that may be less healthy, or we may do this because we crave less healthy food when we’re stressed. Being so busy we may also forget to eat or skip meals and then snack on unhealthy foods.

By eating an unhealthy diet we experience short-term and long-term consequences. You may be less energetic and this lack of energy can affect your productivity and stress levels. You may be less able to fight off sickness and this poor health can affect your quality of life and stress levels. You may also become short-tempered or overly-emotional and this can affect your relationships.

Some tips on improving your diet:

  • Aim always to eat breakfast, even if you can only manage a piece of fruit
  • Try to choose healthy options for your lunch and evening meal – visit the NHS Eat Well Guide for more information and recipe ideas
  • To sustain your energy, snack on healthy food throughout the day
  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration and protect your kidneys and cut down on alcohol and stimulants such as coffee and tea

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Tip 2 – Exercise

Ever noticed how your body feels when you’re under stress? Your muscles may be tense, especially in your face, neck, and shoulders, leaving you with back or neck pain, or painful headaches. You may feel a tightness in your chest, a pounding pulse, or muscle cramps. The worry and discomfort of all these physical symptoms can in turn lead to even more stress, creating a vicious cycle between your mind and body.

Exercising is an effective way to break this cycle. As well as releasing endorphins in the brain, physical activity helps to relax the muscles and relieve tension in the body.

You can reap all the physical and mental health benefits of exercise with 30-minutes of moderate exercise five times a week. Two 15-minute or even three 10-minute exercise sessions can also work just as well.

As you begin to regularly shed your daily tensions through movement and physical activity, you may find that this focus on a single task, and the resulting energy and optimism, can help you remain calm and clear in everything you do.

The most important thing is to pick an activity that you enjoy.

Official advice at the moment is to stay at home, and to only go outside for one form of exercise a day, to shop for basic necessities, if there’s a medical reason and travelling to and from essential work.  Here is a resource to help you find lots of fun and creative ideas on how to get active at home

For all those who are already active, what form of exercise do you take that helps with your stress levels?

Stress Awareness Month

Tip 1 – Listen to music

April is #StressAwarenessMonth – We would like to share with you over the month some tips on how you can reduce your stress levels. 

Listening to music can have a tremendously relaxing effect on our minds and bodies, hearing your favourite tunes can elevate your mood.

What tunes do you listen to that help you relax?