Stress can be a major issue for so many of us. Whilst you may not suffer from overwhelming stress, there are times when we get so busy that we forget to look after ourselves. We need to remember our self care is vital and we all need to find ways to relax and prevent us getting to the point of chronic stress.
Here are 5 tips and techniques that can help you relax your mind and body and help reduce stress.
Put aside an hour or two
Grab a towel or blanket and your favourite book or magazine
Take a drink and your favourite snack
Find a quiet spot at the beach or under a shady tree
Enjoy some time for yourself
When was the last time you dug out that box or suitcase full of old photographs?
They were kept for a reason
Get lost in the memories and enjoy reliving those beautiful moments from the past
Blowing bubbles is a proven technique to ease stress and anxiety
The deep, slow breathing needed for bubble blowing is a great way to help you relax and be present in the moment
Visualising your worries inside the bubble, floating away and then popping can be a really helpful exercise
Focusing on the shape, colour and movement of the bubbles you blow is
another good way to take your mind off your current stresses and worries
Aromatherapy is well known for reducing stress and overwhelm
Find a quiet room with a relaxing, comfortable spot and give yourself a minimum of 10 mins
Choose a candle, diffuser or essential oil and slowly breathe in the relaxing fragrance
Try Lavender, Rose, Bergamot, Frankincense or Lemongrass
See some beautiful options here
Get creative. Drawing, colouring or doodling are all great ways to minimise negative thoughts and reduce stress
Buy yourself a sketch pad and coloured pens or pencils
Search for the dozens of fun YouTube videos on how to doodle or draw
Google "Mandala" and download a free intricate drawing and spend time unleashing your inner artist