Tension builds up in our bodies. You may notice your muscles tense up or your heart rate increase. You may experience headaches, irritability, restlessness or fatigue. These may be indicators of tension. Learn to recognise your own symptoms and how you can release this build-up.
‘Release’ is all about letting go of tension and stress. This can be done either actively or passively. Active release can include anything from rock-climbing to playing team sports, whereas passive release can include meditation or art. There are many simple strategies and tips that can be employed to help release tension and reduce stress.
‘Respond’ is all about building your resilience with healthy, active behaviour. It encompasses taking positive steps to facilitate a healthy lifestyle. It is all about identifying your needs and then responding to these. A small action can often have a significant positive effect on your wellbeing.
Your feelings are created by your thoughts and how you interpret events. Sometimes negative thinking may get in the way of seeing a situation realistically.
‘Rethink’ is about challenging your thoughts and views. It incorporates changing our Automatic Negative Thoughts (ANTs) to Positive Enabling Thoughts (PETs) through simple strategies and tips.
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