With how fast the year is going, it can be very easy to get caught up in life sometimes, wether it’s with friends, relationships, family or work. With this in mind, I thought I would share my top 10 tips about how to de-stress when everything gets a little bit too much!
One:- Write everything down, If I’m ever lying wide awake in the middle of the night, I tend to write whatever is bothering me down, because if not I’d be overthinking all night and I would never be able to switch off. If your worried that you will forget about something, writing it down will mean that you can wake up first thing and know exactly what you need to do!
Two:- Leave technology outside the bedroom, Nearly 70% of people take their phones to bed with them, yes I am guilty of being a part of that 70% however I always find that it’s so much harder for me to switch off at night when I’m checking twitter or Instagram. Due to society nowadays, we are all programmed to depend on technology, we all struggle to focus on what is really going on what around us, we live in a virtual world rather than living in the real world. Technology and society has created stressful pressures with social media; how many likes have I got, what should I look like, what sort of life should I be living etc. Sometimes it’s nice to switch your phone off, leave the house and experience real life and forget the pressures!
Three:- Sleep well. As much as I preach that we should all get a decent nights sleep every night, sometimes I am guilty of staying up to watch one more episode of a Netflix series or to talk to my friends for a few more minutes (hours) It’s so important to get a decent nights sleep you will feel better in the morning, I promise!
Four:- Take a bath. When I was back in the UK I used to bath at least 4/5 times a week, and it honestly pains me that I don’t have a bath where I live in New Zealand. Baths allow you to spend time by yourself, relax and think about whatever you need too. During the autumn/winter months, I used to run really warm bubble baths with scented candles and put a movie or some chill music on in the background and just chill for 20-30 minutes.
Five:- Go outside. This has become much easier now that I am in New Zealand because I have the weather and the location on my side. Every night after work for the past three weeks it’s been bright sunshine and I’ve been sat on the beach, back in the UK this is basically impossible. Being outside in the fresh air is one of the best ways to combat stress, your in open space and you shouldn’t feel trapped with what ever is stressing you out because theres a whole world of open space in front of you.
Six:- Exercise, I know that sometimes when your stressed out, the last thing that you want to do is go for a run or hit the gym. But I use whatever it stressing me out to motivate me when I’m doing a workout. When you exercise you release endorphins or the ‘happy hormone’ which helps you clear your head space if you are stressed about something!
Seven:- Do something for you, Sometimes it’s okay to be selfish and do what suits you and not the people around you. Have you ever been in that situation where your running through a list of excuses in your head about how to get out of something, or how you will act like your enjoying yourself when in reality you couldn’t think of anything worse?Just remember, It’s okay to stop yourself from stressing out and just say ‘Sorry but it not for me’ or ‘I’m not wanting to do that’ People around you who know and understand you, will understand and won’t force you to do anything.
Eight:- Treat yourself, Whenever your feeling stressed and you could really do with a pick me up, go out and treat yourself to dinner, go out and get your hair done in a salon or get your nails done. Honestly, being kind and treating yourself with care goes a long way.
Nine:- Surround yourself with positivity, I think this is one of my most important tips. If your feeling down, don’t shut yourself away from the world. You need to mix with positive people, if you have anyone in your life that is dragging you down and stressing you out, if you can, cut them out, you don’t need people like that in your life, if you can’t completely cut them out, distance yourself, you need to better yourself. With the people who have positive influences on you, you should pick up the phone and call them, go out for a coffee, or grab a bite to eat. Surrounding yourself with positive people doesn’t mean you can’t be negative, you can still share your problems, talk about whats bothering you, being a closed bottle will make you feel worse.
Ten:- Breathe.. Stress can cause so many health problems, so sometimes it’s good to take a step back and take a breather. If you suffer with heart palpitations or panic attacks, breathing is really good to reduce them.
Have you got any tips to de-stress?