We all do it, we over think and we panic until you’re so stressed out you can’t see straight. I think I must do this to myself at least once every day, it’s become a habit, a habit I am desperate to break.
Stress is annoying, but it can have physical effects on your body too, as well as just making you a little grumpy. This is why we all need to take a step back and de-stress. I’m one of the worst for it, from stressing about exams to screaming because I forgot to pick up a pair of socks, I am a stress head! But I’ve come to the realisation that I don’t need to be so stressed. So here are a few tips that I will be following for the next few months to help de-stress my life.
Now by this I don’t mean sitting crosslegged on a mountain with a pot of green tea, unless that’s what you’re into. Meditation can take anywhere from 3 minutes to a few hours, whatever you works for you, and you can even do it in your own bedroom. I use the app Headspace. Now I’ll admit to you know I should use it more than I do, but that’s one of my goals from now on. Headspace uses guided meditation to allow you to separate your mind from your hectic schedule and take a moment to relax. If you’re like me, and if I’m reading this I’m guessing you are, this could be exactly what you need! I really struggle to relax myself but after five minutes using headspace I’ve found my sanity.
2. Fruits and Veggies!
I know this isn’t what you want to hear but when this is a huge problem facing most of Britain. You get stressed, so you have a chocolate bar (or 5 if you’re me), and then you’re more stressed that you ate the chocolate, and the cycle continues. Binge eating is a real problem and is something so many people struggle with on a daily basis. Now, I’m no expert but in my experience if I don’t give in, I don’t binge. What I mean by this is, if I can resist the food altogether I’m fine however, if I say “oh I’ll only eat one” I end up eating a full packet! So try snacking on fruits like bananas and grapes, though they are high in sugar these are natural sugars and are better for you in the long run.
My go to stress reliever is to jump in a nice hot bubble bath and watch a Kathleen Lights video, honestly she’s hilarious! If baths aren’t for you then why not play on a video game, watch a movie or read a book. Whatever you enjoy that can take you away from the worries of everyday life. Even if it’s just for an hour, it’ll give your head the rest it deserves.
Sleep is so important! I can’t stress that enough, if your body doesn’t get the amount of sleep it needs it can’t repair, it can’t fight illness and it can’t get on with all the things it need to do to make you happy. So settle down half an hour before you’re going to bed, put your phone down and watch ONE television program, read a chapter of your book or listen to music or a podcast. Anything that you don’t have to pay too much attention too so your brain can slowly switch off and wind down for a good nights sleep.
Worse than fruit and veg…exercise! But exercise doesn’t have to be scary. Try going for a walk, a gentle jog or a bike ride to get your blood pumping and those endorphins rushing around your body to make you feel like a whole new person. I love the sense of achievement when I go out for a run when I didn’t think I would, and endorphins make everyone happier! Another thing I love to do is stretch, I don’t stretch as much as I should be yoga, Pilates or just a bit of stretching in your living room will free up your aching muscles and make you feel so much better. So whether you’re trying your hand at tennis or just walking to the shops, give it a go.
I know, I know, the most cliché saying, but honestly taking a deep breath and removing yourself from the situation can really let things cool off. So pop to the loo, go get a drink or take a walk to the shops and think about things in perspective. Nine times out of ten if I’m feeling stressed out thinking about the big picture brings me away from the boil. Don’t let things out of your control get to you, just let them pass you by and keep being the happy, stress free person you know you can be.