1.) Go Outside - The best way to beat that panicky, trapped feeling is to go outside. Fresh air helps regulate your breathing and the open space means you no longer need to feel enclosed with no escape. Best advice – look up at the sky. It makes you realise just how big and open the world really is; there is no need to feel suffocated by it.
2.) Take a bath - Not only does having a bath allow you time to yourself, but in the run up to Autumn/Winter there is nothing quite like a hot bath with bubbles, scented candles and a bath bomb or two, to help you relax. Adding a glass (or bottle) of wine to this scenario is of course entirely optional.
3.) Exercise - I know, I know! The last thing you want to do when you’re stressed out is to go and hit the gym. However, through exercise your body releases endorphins which not only reduce any feeling of pain but also trigger a positive feeling in the body. Think of it as morphine, but without the drugs.
4.) Be Selfish - It’s ok to say no sometimes. If you don’t want to do something and are stressing yourself out about what excuse to use, or how to suffer the next couple of hours with a smile on your face, you really don’t need to. It’s ok to say ‘it’s really not for me’, or ‘I don’t really fancy it’. True friends will understand and won’t pressure you into doing something you really don’t want to do. You never know, they might not be so keen either.
5.) Treat yourself - It’s ok to treat yourself every now and then and you shouldn’t feel guilty for doing so. This of course all depends on your budget, whether you book in a massage, have your nails done or simply pick up a new lipstick, treating yourself every once in a while encourages that feel good factor.
6.) And sleep well - As much as we tell ourselves we’ll just watch one more episode of The Walking Dead, or that there are only two more episodes until the next season of GOT, it’s important to get an early night. For every hour of sleep you get before 12am, you will feel as though you have had two additional hours of sleep (it’s been scientifically proven people) – keeping those energy levels up and keeping those bouts of tiredness and impatience at bay.
7.) Unplug yourself from technology - 68% of people take their phones to bed these days; I am guilty of being one of them. However, this makes it harder for us to ‘switch off’ and get a decent night’s sleep. Our over dependence on technology also means we struggle to focus on the moment, there is so much that we miss going on. Not to mention the constant comparisons we make via social media; what we should look like, what things we should have and where we should be living etc. Switching your phone off for 24 hours could mean extra sleep, more time for you to enjoy the moment and a boost in self-esteem.
8.) SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVITY
If you’re feeling down don’t isolate yourself. Surround yourself with positive people. If it is meeting up with an old friend for a coffee, going home to your folks one evening for dinner or just picking up the phone and calling someone. Speaking to someone can be a good distraction from your troubles. Plus remember the old saying, a problem shared is a problem halved!
9.) WRITE IT DOWN
If you’re lying there awake at night with things playing on your mind, write it down. Especially if you’re worried you’re going to forget something that you need to do the next day. Writing it down means you’re reminded first thing when you wake up and don’t need to lie there fretting that you aren’t going to remember. Another great way to separate yourself from your phone and technology too!
10.) AND BREATHE
Breathing exercises help regulate your intake of oxygen, which reduces that suffocated panicky feeling. It also reduces heart palpitations, tightness in the chest and panic attacks if you happen to be prone to them. You can always download an app which gives you specific breathing exercises to try… for the best, visit our previous article rating our top 5 Wellbeing Apps!
So there we have it, my top 10 tips on how to de-stress! What are your top tips? Anything here that you found useful or do already? I'd love to know!
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