Stress is one of the worst things for our health, and yet nearly everyone you meet is stressing and worrying about something. It has become such a part and parcel element of our lives, that we barely even question the long-term and short-term negative effects it is having on us and our quality of life. Life shouldn’t always be go, go, go and an overly demanding lifestyle is not sustainable, so if you’re in need of a quick stress relief fix, here are 5 simple ways to get some.
1. Write Your Woes Down
Nothing clears your head better than getting something down on pen and paper. Whether you have a lot to do, have a lot to think about, or are really worried about something in particular, write it all down and vow to only revisit it when you need to.
2. Breathe Deeply
Taking deep breaths is a classic method of managing stress and calming yourself down, but it really works. Not only does it get more air into your lungs and circulates more oxygen around your body, concentrating on your breathing allows you to focus on something specific which will keep your mind off whatever it is you’re fretting over.
3. Talk To A Friend
There is no better way to get out of your own head than to get into someone else’s. If you don’t feel like spilling your deepest, darkest secrets with anyone, simply listen to other people discuss their lives and experiences. You’ll soon realise you’re not the only one feeling the way you do, which will help you feel less alone in your problems.
4. Tackle The Source of Your Stress
If you’re worried about something, figure out what it is you can do to reduce that worry. Some cases are easier than others, but if you can learn to take action and prevent things from spiralling out of control, you can save yourself a massive headache down the line. Make life as simple as possible and save your stress for the times it really matters.
5. Light A Candle
Candlelight itself has a relaxing affect on the mind, but if you light a scented candle with a calming aroma such as lavender you’ll benefit even more. After a long, stressful day take some time for yourself and unwind in a candle lit room, with no distractions such as television or a laptop. Sometimes you just need to get away from everything to refresh and rejuvenate yourself once more.
We hope your life is not too chaotic at the moment, and if it is please try some of our stress reducing methods. You’ll be feeling zen in no time!