I’m guessing if you are here reading this you’ve been feeling a little stressed lately. Everyone is effected by stress differently, its a part of our every day lives but its how you handle that stress that makes a difference. I often let stress get the better of me until I’m a quivering mess, this is so unhelpful & so not healthy! So if like me you get stressed really easily a helpful list like this should aid in easing those feelings of worry and anxiety.
Get some quiet time
For me this is a big one, after a fairly stressful day I like to just sit in silence for a while. Literally no TV, no music, no noise at all!!! It helps me piece together all of my thoughts without disruption and channel a clearer state of mind.
In contrast to that you could listen to some classical music
Classical music has a sort of charm, its very soothing and actually really nice to listen to. It scientifically allows us to de-stress by lowering our heart rate and blood pressure as well as helping us to concentrate. So if you haven’t yet given classical a go, now is the time!
Take a relaxing bath
As soon as you have some potential me time take it and run with it! Relax in a nice hot bath, add some essential oils such as lavender or bergamot that specifically assist at tackling stress and anxiety. Heck whilst at it throw in a glitter bath bomb (because glitter makes everything better of course) and even scatter flowers on top of the water. Set yourself up with some candles too and you’ll be well on your way to a stress free life! Trust me the nicer the bath looks and feels the better the bath!!
Take a walk
Ever had one of those days were you’re stuck with nothing to do but you know you just need to leave the house!? Thats because walking releases those feel good endorphins helping our mood change from bad to good, add nice scenery and your stress levels will deteriorate. Walking around somewhere alone actually makes myself feel even more stressed out and anxious so I’d opt for walking with a friend, family member or partner. This also gives you the opportunity to talk through whats stressing you out whilst hearing another perspective on it!
Pampering yourself could be anything from whacking on a face mask to painting your nails. Whatever makes you happy and allows you to feel better about yourself take time out to do it! This will give you a break from your negative thoughts and allow you to focus more clearly thereafter. (I’m a mum so painting my nails or putting on a face mask is sheer luxury!)
Take up yoga
I LOVE yoga, I’m a big fan! Yoga isn’t just excersise and stretching, it incorporates breathing techniques which if done deep & slow (no innuendo!) helps our bodies to calm down and relax. I often do yoga at home with an instructor on the TV, pair that with relaxing oriental meditation sounds (there are tons of apps for this) and you’re onto a winner! Yoga also has a meditation aspect to it which helps us to centre our minds and rid it of troubles and worries, so get your yoga mat out and de-stress!
Take a break from your phone and all forms of social media
We’ve come a long way since dial up internet & Nokia 3410s and whilst thats great because its paved a new way of life for us its also a big stress!! We have access to whatever information we need as soon as we need it, there are platforms upon platforms of social media, peoples opinions wanted and unwanted scattered through our timelines. So.much.going.on!! Take a break! Sometimes going ‘old skool’ is just what we need to clear our heads.
I realise whilst writing this that I actually need to take some of my own advice!!