6 Tips to help you De-stress

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Stress is something that we all experience and sometimes all we need is a few tips to help us feel a little better. Here are some that were sent to me to share with you.

Let’s face it, life can be stressful sometimes. However, when stress becomes a constant feeling day in, day out, it can cause a number of problems. Stresses from a heavy workload, financial worries, unhappiness or the stresses of the daily commute can all have physical effects on the body and contribute to several health issues, such as mood swings, sleep problems, appetite changes, and more seriously, heart disease. The best way to counteract this is through taking time out of your everyday routine to de-stress and relax; anything that helps you to feel an air of calm and tranquillity can have significant benefits to your health and well-being. Some of these include:

Meditation


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Meditation is often advised when you are feeling under a mountain of stress, as it has been shown to be effective at lowering your heart rate and blood pressure. The process of meditating is very simple and doesn’t take up much time in your day; all you have to do is find a comfortable space, close your eyes, relax your muscles and try to focus on something (whether it be breathing, an object or even a picture) for as little as 10 minutes to reap the benefits. Being focused and not letting any stresses or worries distract you is the key to meditation and can really help to alleviate any stress. Alternatively, if you have more time on your hands, another option is to take-up yoga, which incorporates meditation as well as physical movements.

Green Tea


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Green tea contains an ingredient called ‘theanine’, which is an amino acid that helps give Green Tea its flavour – and it is this very component that encourages your body to relax. Theanine counteracts the effects of caffeine which may cause you to feel more stressed or keep you up at night, and this is why it tends to be a popular option for an evening beverage before bed. Thus, take some time away from any electronic devices, such as your phone and laptop, and relax with a book or magazine with a Green Tea in hand, to clear your mind of any distractions and stressors.

Tr(eat) yourself


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When we are stressed or anxious, it isn’t uncommon to crave indulgent foods, such as cookies, chocolate, ice-cream or any other sweet, fatty or starch-filled foods. Despite being unhealthy, these foods have a soothing effect on some people – particularly those with low serotonin levels. Eating unhealthy snacks can increase the amount of serotonin released into the body, to make us feel relaxed and content, and forget about any stresses we may have been feeling. However, as much as these foods may help in the short-term, it is important to not over-indulge – consider 100-calorie packs for a quick, refreshing treat.

Spa


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Visiting a Jacuzzi hot tub, or even using an inflatable spa at home, is a great way to help de-stress – especially after a long day at work. Spending a small period of time out of your busy schedule on a daily basis, for approximately 20 minutes, can have a considerable impact on your health, from helping to relax muscles to decreasing your heart rate and releasing endorphins, which creates a happy and peaceful state of mind.
Alternatively, booking into a local spa and treating yourself to a massage is a great way to free yourself of any tension, and relax. Aromatherapy oils, such as chamomile or lavender can be particularly beneficial to eradicating any worries or stresses. However, if you don’t have much spare time on your hands, aromatherapy oils and massage tools can be bought at various shops to use at home.

Listen to Music


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Listening to soothing music can be highly relaxing – particularly songs with slow tempos which can help to slow down breathing and your heart rate, lower your blood pressure and relax your muscles. In turn, this can induce a calm mood and positive outlook on events that may be causing stress in your life. For instance, listening to comforting music can be beneficial when you’re lying in bed trying to free your mind of stressful thoughts, or even when preparing for a tough day at work.

Exercise


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It is a known fact that exercise helps to boost endorphins and reduce stress. According to Public Health England, adults in England should aim to take part in at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity each week, in bouts of 10 minutes or more. Doing this can significantly help to reduce the feelings of stress, have a sense of purpose and value, have a better quality of life and improved sleep, which is key to reducing the amount of pressure and tension you may be feeling.

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