5 counsellor-approved ways to manage stress


2 minutes

29 June 2022

Nurturing your wellbeing during stressful times isn’t always easy. But the good news is - shaking off stress can feel both exhilarating and empowering. Here we welcome five counsellor-approved ways to manage stress.

Megan Sanderson is a qualified counsellor and wellbeing consultant passionate about helping people listen to their bodies and live their best lives. These are her top 5 tips for managing stress.

  1. Sleep. “When you sleep your mind can process and get rid of any emotional and mental waste1. According to The Sleep Foundation, the average adult should be getting between 7 to 9 hours of sleep each night. So, make sure you prioritise sleep when you can and create a healthy relationship with it to reduce any symptoms of stress.”
  2. Exercise. “Exercising helps to increase the release of your feel-good hormones. Group fitness or team sports can also be a great way to socialise and connect with others.”
  3. Meditate. “Meditation helps to activate the release of our calming and happy hormones, which helps to keep the mind and body relaxed. Create a calming space and find some quiet time each day.”
  4. Find an outlet. “Whether that be speaking to a counsellor, journaling, engaging in active relaxation practices, or cardio workouts. Become familiar with your go-to activities and implement them when needed.”
  5. Routine. “Routine is helpful in building and maintaining a healthy mindset during times of stress. Having a good routine can help you manage your time, stay productive, maintain a healthy work-life balance, and keep you on track with priorities. Filling out a daily or weekly routine planner can be useful to avoid any overwhelm.”


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This article contains general information only and does not take into account the health, personal situation or needs of any person. In conjunction with your GP or treating health care professional, please consider whether the information is suitable for you and your personal circumstances.