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10 Ways to Reduce Stress

Published on: 25/03/2024

Stress Awareness Month 2024

Let us help you navigate the maze of stress with finesse! This Stress Awareness Month, we've created a guide to help you reduce stress both at home and in your career.

Stress is something that we all face, but armed with the right know-how and techniques, we can help reduce it. So, let's dive in!

What is Stress?

Stress affects everyone in different ways and understanding what it is, and its causes is the first step to managing it.


Did you know?:

Stress is the body's response to a demand or threat. It triggers the release of hormones like cortisol and adrenaline, which prepares the body for action.

While these are beneficial in some situations, excessive stress can negatively impact our physical and emotional well-being.

How to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

Stress can be a common issue in the workplace, but there are effective ways to reduce it and create a healthier, more productive work environment.

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5 Ways to Reduce Stress in the Workplace

  • Take an outdoor break

    Short breaks throughout the day are important for maintaining your focus and can reduce stress levels. Stepping outside for a break, even a tea break, can do wonders for your mental well-being!

  • De-stress with a Go Ape Corporate Trip

    Physical activities and team-building exercises are great ways to relieve stress and build stronger bonds with colleagues. A Corporate day out with Go Ape, where you can enjoy high ropes adventures, ground-based games and much more!

  • Introduce a pet-friendly policy in the workplace

    Being around animals has a calming effect and can reduce stress levels. If feasible (and okay with all of your colleagues), consider having a furry friend in the workplace to create a more relaxed and positive atmosphere.

  • Take your meeting outside

    A change of environment can alleviate stress and enhance creativity. If you don’t need to be sat by a desk, you can even make it a walking meeting.

  • Encourage open communication

    Transparent communication among team members gives everyone the opportunity for everyone to voice their thoughts and opinions.

How to Reduce stress in daily life

Stress is also an inevitable part of our daily lives, but there are so many effective ways to reduce it.

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Five ways to combat stress in Your Daily Life

  • Have an adventure

    Taking part in adventurous activities gives us a break from routine and can help us to unwind. Adventures, especially ones which encourage us to push our boundaries can actually reduce our stress levels in daily life. Check out a few of our Go Ape adventures, which range from tree top adventures to Forest Segways and Nets Adventures!

  • Spend time with friends and loved ones

    Surrounding yourself with loved ones is a great stress reliever. Connecting socially helps to reduce stress and brings joy to your life. Something as simple as putting up a birdfeed on your window or in your garden can attract wildlife to your home.

  • Wildlife Spotting

    The simple act of watching wildlife in their daily routine can be incredibly therapeutic. Our British forests are filled with wildlife, you just need to look for it. Discover some of the wildlife you might see in our Nature Zone.

  • Nature Bathing

    Spending time in nature has a calming effect. Whether it's a walk in the park, hiking in the countryside, or sitting by a lake, immersing yourself in nature can help reduce stress levels and improve your mood.

  • Get enough sleep

    Sufficient sleep is essential for good physical and mental health. A lack of sleep can increase stress levels and make it more difficult to handle daily challenges. It’s important to prioritise quality sleep by following a consistent sleep schedule and create a relaxing bedtime routine.

Other Ways to Manage Stress

Person runnning outside | Stress awareness month

Exercise Regularly

Regular physical activity is a great way to maintain a healthy body and reduce your stress levels. Exercise releases 'feel-good' hormones, endorphins, which can improve your mood and reduce anxiety.

It’s all about finding a routine that suits you and fits into your schedule.

Person meditating by the sunset | stress awareness month

Take time for Mindfulness and Self-Care

Giving yourself time to practice mindfulness can significantly reduce stress levels. There are so many ways to be mindful but, at its core, Mindfulness is all about being fully present and paying attention to your thoughts and feelings without judgement.

Activities like deep breathing exercises, meditation, and spending time in nature can help you relax, refocus, and gain a new perspective on stressful situations.

Plate of fruit and vegetables | stress awareness month

Maintaining a healthy diet

A well-balanced diet is very in supporting your body's ability to cope with stress. Bearing in mind your diet preferences, make sure you eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins to provide essential nutrients. Also try to avoid excessive caffeine, sugar, and processed foods.

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