In this world we are constantly on the go, constantly asking what next and constantly working ourselves up. De-stressing is a really important thing we all need to do. Did you know physical symptoms can present themselves as many different thing including fatigue, headaches, upset stomach, muscle tension, changes in appetite, teeth grinding, and even changes in sex drive! Like seriously?!
None of those things are good for you at all, so i put together a few of the ways i like to de-stress each week.
1- Unplug from Social Media
It may sound basic but by God it helps. Social networks are massively addictive. Most of the major social network companies, as well as social content creators, are working hard every day to make their networks so addictive that you can’t resist them. Did you know social networking already accounts for 28 percent of all media time spent online! Crazy right? 15 years ago what did we ever do without it? Did we actually have to speak to people in real life? Social media has great positives and great negatives. People worry far too much about their social media reactions from others and too often this can cause long term illnesses like depression. Take that time back for yourself. Turn your phone off or give it to a family member or lock it in a draw for an hour or two and just enjoy time!
2- Take a Walk!
If you don’t live in the country a walk in the city can be just as calming. Instead of looking down or straight ahead, look up! There is so much more to see when you look at things differently. You’ll see the architecture of the buildings, the way the light hits the windows, the tallness of steeples- it’s endless. When i was 17 my mother told me this exact step. She said, ‘Eleanor, if you just looked at things differently they won’t seem half as dreary. Walk and see don’t walk and look.’
These simple words changed my view of the world and every time i walk and look up – i now smile.
Walks in the country- i dont even have to explain this one. The picture below justifies everything.
3- Listen to music!
Everyone knows this! Did you know Levitin, author of the book “This is Your Brain on Music” said, “We’ve found compelling evidence that musical interventions can play a health-care role in settings ranging from operating rooms to family clinics.” To be able to make such a bold statement means supporting evidence is there. Music, whether it be your favourite or classic, is calming and relaxing. Just take 5 minutes out to listen to Le Onde by ludovico einaudi. You wont regret it !
4- Nice Hot bath
Now bathing is not for everyone, but for me, it is a great time to take some ‘me time’ back! A bit of bubble bath and a bit of warmth never hurt anyone. Remember to shut that bathroom door so you are undisturbed though! There is nothing worse than an interrupted bath!
When stress overwhelms your nervous system your body is flooded with chemicals that prepare you for “fight or flight.” While the stress response can be lifesaving in emergency situations where you need to act quickly, it wears your body down when constantly activated by the stresses of everyday life. By breathing you can slow your heart rate and begin to calm.
- Let your breath flow as deep down into your belly as is comfortable, without forcing it.
- Try breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Breathe in gently and regularly. Some people find it helpful to count steadily from one to five. You may not be able to reach five at first.
- Then, without pausing or holding your breath, let it flow out gently, counting from one to five again, if you find this helpful.
- Keep doing this for three to five minutes.
(breathing extract taken from NHS website)
I know most of these things are very ordinary every day things but when we take the time out to do them with no distractions they can really play a huge part of de-stressing you. For those times when things get way to much i like a spa day/Morning/Afternoon. They don’t have to be expensive as long as it has a pool, a hot tub, a sauna and a bar im good. Some places will only charge £10 or £15 to use their facilities -take a book with you and read/swim your troubles away… perfection.