Stress is one of the biggest things to affect wellness and when you have very little time, it’s hard to fit in the activities that you know will help counteract the anger or anxiety that comes with it. Sleep is a great stress buster, as explained here, but sometimes it can be the little things that make the difference, so we’ve come up with some tried and tested stress-busting tips to help you out. Go on, some will take you less than five minutes to try.
- Light a candle
Strange as it sounds, lighting a candle with your favourite scent or a calming smell can instantly change your mood and relax you. To de-stress we recommend Lavender, Jasmine, Bergamot, Rose Geranium, Sandalwood or Chamomile. SCENTERED are a particular favourite of ours and offer some great products focussed around sleep, escape and de-stress with candles starting from around £16.95.
- Walk away
We’re not recommending anything dramatic, but when you feel overwhelmed and overburdened, just take a step back. Have 5 minutes to go for a walk, step out of the room, make a cup of tea or a snack (here are some great sleep snacks). Take the opportunity to not think about the situation, take at least 10 deep breaths and then get back to it. Ujjayi (pronounced 000-jai) is a great yoga technique that calms and balances a person through increased oxygenation, internal body heat and reducing blood pressure.
How to do ujjayi breathing;
- Take a deep breath in through your nose, expanding the chest and filling the lungs as much as you sensibly can.
- Once you reach the top of the inhalation, hold the breath for a couple of seconds and then exhale through the mouth quietly saying ‘aaaahhhh’.
- At the top of the exhalation wait a couple of seconds before you begin your inhalation once more.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2, but on the exhale close the mouth and whisper ‘aaaahhhh’.
- Continue with step 3.
- On the third round repeat steps 1 and 2, but rather than whisper ‘aaaahhhh’ just breath with the back of the throat partially closed. This is true ujjayi breathing.
- Continue with steps 3 and 6 for the remaining breaths.
Once you have got the technique you won’t need to do steps 1 to 5, but can skip straight to steps 6 and 7. Don’t worry though, if you don’t get it we recommend deep breaths in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Make a cup of tea
We’re a norther company, so we love a good brew and usually we wouldn’t recommend any of those nonsense herbal teas, but on this occasion we really do. Try chamomile, lemon balm, peppermint, green tea, passion flower or specially blended de-stress tea.
- Assess your temperature
When we get stressed we start to warm up, that would be that hot and flustered feeling you get. If you’re wearing layers, take one off or open a window. If that’s not an option, maybe head outside, see the point above on going for a walk.
- Put on some comfy clothes
When you get in from a long, tough and stressful day, the last think you want to do is stay in your work clothes or constrictive clothing. A cosy jumper, pyjamas, tracksuit pants or even your onesie are help you by metaphorically taking off the stress of the day. Hey, why not stretch to those unicorn slippers or that mermaid blanket we know you have hidden in the wardrobe.
- Take a shower or a bath
Ah, the mystical and restorative properties of a shower or a bath. You can’t fault them. Light some candles, make a cup of tea and just let the stress wash away.
- Distract yourself
We all have our favourite distractions, but in this situation we want to recommend constructive or what we consider mindless distractions. How about a good book, sketching or colouring in, knitting, sending an email to a friend or even brain-training exercises. This goes along the lines of walking away above and is a way to take you out of the situation to refocus. Give yourself a set time and then go back to what ever you were doing.
- Do some exercise
At The Fine Bedding Company we are know how beneficial exercise is for a good nights sleep and are one of our best stress-busting tips. We are big believers in staying fit and healthy, but that can be anything from going for a walk, to running 5 miles a day, yoga to rock climbing, whatever takes your fancy. Rebecca our Marketing Executive uses running as her stress-busting tip and said,
“I love running! If I’ve had a stressful day or something has happened to annoy me, I stick my trainers on and some good music, and head out to see how far I can go. Usually if I’m super stressed I find I actually run harder, faster or further than usual, which is great. By the time I’m back home, because I’ve been listening to some good tunes and focussing on the run, I’ve run off what ever it was that bothered me.”
Yoga, tai chi and pilates are particularly popular wellness exercises and are available to all skill levels.
Not only that, but exercise releases a happy hormone called endorphin which help to relieve pain and promote feelings of happiness.
- Write a to do list
If you’ve got too many plates spinning (things to do) and you don’t know which one to keep spinning first, then you need a to do list. It’s a great way of getting things written down so that you don’t forget them and then they aren’t clogging up brain space. Once they are written down you can then look at which is the most important or which needs prioritising. If you want to be super organises, give each task sub-tasks and time frames so that you know when each will be complete.
- Do 10 minutes of meditation
Many of you may scoff at meditation and think that it is only for hippies, but Meditation is now recognised by the NHS as a stress and anxiety relieving too. By doing only 10 minutes a day many people felt less negativity and improved wellness. It isn’t hard to do either! There are many apps available which offer guided meditation. One in particular that we highly recommend is Headspace founded by Andy Puddicombe. It offers hundreds of 10 minute guided meditation sessions to help you even if you have a busy schedule.
And if all else fails….
- Call or text a friend or family member for a good old rant!
There is something to be said about a good rant and it’s always nice to know that there is someone out there who has your back no matter what. Just check before hand that your friend isn’t busy and has the time to listen.
So there you go, our favourite stress-busting tips. Let us know what you think and let us know whether you have any tips you would like to share.