Modern day life can be pretty stressful, with many of us juggling work, family life and chores, so it’s easy to feel overwhelmed and sometimes our wellbeing can take a back seat.

It’s important to take time for ourselves to de-stress but rest, relaxation and enjoyable activities can be the first things to go when we have lots going on.

For some inspiration, Ben, the automotive industry charity, asked their team of Life Coaches to share how they personally deal with stress and handle the pressures of life. There are some common themes around staying connected, spending time in nature, using different techniques, getting organised and exercising…

1. Connecting with others

For Ben‘s coaches, spending time with their loved ones is very important and it’s something they prioritise. Whether it’s meeting for a drink or a simple phone call, staying connected with friends and family helps them get some perspective and relax.

2. Spending time in nature

Most of Ben‘s coaches like to spend time outside in nature, whether that’s walking their dogs, sitting in front of a view in the sunshine or simply focusing on the sounds and smells around them.

Nishi finds that being outside clears her head while it gives Karen time to feel gratitude for her surroundings. Miar likes to walk barefoot on the grass and Tracey likes to spend time on her allotment.

3. Different techniques

Ben‘s coaches rate mindfulness, spending time focusing on their breathing and practicing gratitude daily. Tracey says posture is important and she regularly checks whether her body feels tense, then consciously relaxes it. Nishi says it’s important to understand our values and strengths, making decisions based on these areas. The first step is to understand what our core values are and what strengths we have. This is when working with one of Ben‘s qualified Life Coaches can help!

4. Getting organised

Nishi uses an ‘Impact ease matrix’ to help her tackle her to-do list and get organised. It helps her to map out the different tasks, seeing which ones are easy and important and she does those first. Then she will look at the difficult but important tasks and break them down into easier tasks, asking for help if needed. Anything that’s not very important has to wait or doesn’t get done at all.

Nishi also does journalling which means writing things down when she has a lot on her mind. Journalling is a great outlet for worries, negative thoughts and can help us understand ourselves better and process emotions. Karen stays organised by writing things down, setting reminders and keeping to a routine which works for her.

5. Exercise

Most of Ben‘s coaches enjoy walking regularly, but Tracey likes simply dancing in her kitchen, Miar enjoys pilates and Karen does kickboxing, weightlifting and pole dancing.

6. Disconnecting from technology

Some of Ben‘s coaches say it’s important to disconnect from social media and screens regularly. Prioritising seeing loved ones in person when you can and doing activities you enjoy away from screens can help you de-stress.

7. Time for yourself

All of Ben‘s coaches do something enjoyable for themselves each day, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Their favourite activities include reading, writing, cooking, watching TV and listening to music. Have a think about your favourite activities that help you zone out and unwind from the daily stresses – it could be anything from working on your car to listening to a podcast!