Thursday, 30 October 2014

How to De-stress

When you're feeling stressed, it can seem as though there's no chance that you can relax until whatever is stressing you out is over, or dealt with. Even when there's nothing in particular causing it, it can seem like relaxation it totally unattainable. I said I would put together a little post with all of my tips for calming down, and feeling better. I know that everyone deals with stress differently, and what works for me may not work for you, but hopefully its helpful to some of you!

1. Take advantage of relaxation apps

There are a huge amount of apps available built purposely to provide tips on meditation, or relaxation techniques. My absolute favourite is Headspace (website here), which is completely free to download. Its designed to simplify meditation, and to allow you to take advantage of it even if you have little to no free time. Perfect for de-stressing during a break! If you think it won't help, just give it a try, it really does work to clear your mind. Even just finding a quiet space and focusing on letting negative thoughts go will really make a difference.

2. Drink some tea

I personally find that having hot drinks totally relaxes me, particularly tea (plus, there's no excuse now that its freezing cold out). I tend to steer clear of coffee if I'm stressed, but green tea is a great alternative that will give you energy if you feel you need it.

3. Remember to take time out

The most important thing when dealing with stress is to take some time to yourself, that gives you distance from your work, or whatever it is that may be stressing you out. You need it and deserve it. Allow yourself some time to do something you enjoy - going for a jog, run or walk is a great way to clear your mind and get an instant mood boost. Watch your favourite TV show, or listen to some music. The most important thing is that you do something unrelated from the cause of stress and allow yourself to relax.

4. Breathe

If you're not in a position to do any of the above, I find that the best thing to do is to just breathe, and reason with whatever may be bothering you. Writing down your thoughts is a great way to get them off your mind and to see them from an outside perspective. A lot of the time, they mightn't seem as bad when they're clear, as its often the case that over thinking has spiraled something beyond what it needs to be. Writing down clearly what you need to do, how you're going to do it, and what you're going to prioritize can give the  mind clarity and leave you feeling a lot better about it.

5. Blankets & candles

Definitely more of a personal preference, but I find that if I'm still stressed by the end of the day, getting into pyjamas, and hopping under a blanket, makes me instantly feel at least a little bit better. I find scented candles tend to have a really calming effect as well.

Hope you liked this post, something a little different! Do you have any tips for de-stressing?