Everyday routines of working life and home responsibilities can have just about all of us feeling stressed at one time or another. As humans we’re incredibly capable and great at multitasking, keeping many plates spinning and ensuring we’re getting everything done- but we all have a breaking point. Maybe a big presentation at work has got you feeling stressed, a driving test, or a university exam? Perhaps it’s lots of little things, which have all accumulated and left you feeling frazzled. When you’re feeling like this, it’s important to be mindful of it. That way you can take steps to alleviate stress levels before they have long term negative health effects or spiral out of control. Best of all, it doesn’t need to be expensive or complicated, there are things you can do right from the comfort of your own home. Here are a few examples.
Most of us are great at putting others first- our kids, our partners, our family members. But don’t forget to put yourself first once in a while- it’s not selfish, it’s absolutely necessary. One easy way to do this is to pamper yourself- something as simple as a long luxurious bubble bath.Soaking in a hot bath is both relaxing and rejuvenating, according to research it eases knotted muscles and can even lower blood pressure. To make it even more relaxing add some candles and soothing music, before you know it your mood will have improved and you’ll feel much more calm and peaceful. Another idea would be to sit in the garden with a glass of wine and watch the sun go down, the sounds of nature have an uplifting effect on mood and the fresh air will encourage you to breathe deeply and pay attention to the current moment. Mindfulness like this can alleviate anxiety and stress, as you’re in the current moment rather than worrying about the future. There are lots of other relaxing techniques to release your feelings and leave you relaxed, such as meditation and relax hypnosis. Using self-hypnosis and meditation are very beneficial as they lower stress levels and clear your mind and help you to relax. So next time you are feeling a bit low, go ahead and give yourself permission to have a little luxury time.
Talk About Your Feelings
One of the best things we can do when we’re feeling low is to confide in a good friend. As the saying goes ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ but speaking to others can also give us a new perspective on a situation. When you chat to another person not only can they encourage you and boost your mood, but just the act of talking alone can be cathartic. It’s why therapy in general is so effective, but you don’t necessarily need to speak to a counsellor. Sometimes a chat with your best friend is all the therapy you need.
When you feel stressed or tense, your muscles can tie themselves up in knots. I’m sure we’ve all experienced that stiff neck feeling at the end of the day which can lead to headaches and further issues. One way you can help to alleviate this is by taking regular exercise, you don’t need to hit the gym if you don’t want to. Try home workouts on Youtube, and take up yoga and other stretching exercises. It will release tension from your muscles while strengthening them to avoid further problems. Any exercise you do will help you sleep better at night too which can also help with stress issues.
Home is where the heart is, it’s the most relaxing place to be and so it makes sense that when we’re feeling stressed we’d take comfort in our home. Next time you’re anxious, down or not feeling yourself, try some of the simple techniques above.
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