The 12 best ways to relax and de-stress… and why it’s so important

Posted by Emily Coppola on

Life is stressful. We’re all busily plugging away at it, and it’s so easy to let stress build up. This can lead to anxiety, being short-tempered, insomnia and a general feeling of being wired and out of control. There are lots of simple things you can do in your day-to-day life that can bring balance, clarity and relaxation, and help you maintain a calm and happy state.

  1. Get moving! Exercise is one of the best ways to combat stress. If you’re short on time, a 15 minute brisk walk or stretch is a great start.
  2. Surround yourself with nature. Nature has a beautifully calming effect. If you don’t have easy access to a forest or beach… care for a plant, tend to your herbs or hit the local park.
  3. Show kindness. By giving to others, we feel more positive about ourselves. Give someone a compliment, a smile or a hug!
  4. Do something just for YOU. Run a bath. Book in for a massage. Go for a bike ride. Catch a movie on your own. “Me time” is totally underrated.
  5. Learn to say no. It is impossible to please everyone. Learn the graceful art of saying no, and put yourself (and your wellbeing) first.
  6. De-clutter. Ditch the crap and de-clutter your life. Buy less by focusing on what you need, rather than getting caught up in the “want” of modern consumerism.
  7. Spend quality time with loved ones. Hang out, chat, have a laugh, share a meal with a friend. Better still… catch up with mum over a warm cup of matcha!
  8. Invest in yoga and meditation. Your time and money will be well spent on yoga and meditation, for relaxation and total clarity. It’s never too late to start.
  9. Say no to toxic people. Got someone in your life that’s dragging you down? Following someone on social media that gets under your skin? Time to say goodbye!
  10. Build your self-awareness. Become aware of your thinking and behavior patterns. Do you fly off the handles when things don’t go your way? Are you quick to blame others? Awareness is the first step to making positive changes.
  11. Get some rays. Sunshine is a powerful mood-booster. Step into the sun when you’re feeling stressed for an instant lift from nature.
  12. Have a green tea! Green tea contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, which is known to influence your psychological and physiological states under stress. It stimulates your brain waves into a relaxed state and can alter serotonin and dopamine to make you happier.

 VT xx

 

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