Thursday, 1 October 2015

Time to De-stress | Top 5 Tips

I am a perfectionist. I analyse every little thing possible. Now, I do believe being a perfectionist is an amazing characteristic to have, however, it can lead me to being the most stressed out, worrying, nervous person ever. I find it very hard to relax and unwind but as I have gotten older and experienced different things, I have found it has given me more knowledge and power on how to handle myself and my emotions. Of course, some people are the most amazingly-relaxed stress free people to walk the planet (I envy you) but not everyone has that cool, calm and collected approach to life. So, I have compiled a list of my top 5 tips to help you unwind and de-stress. Without further a-do...

1)  Lists: I, myself, find lists to be so helpful. I use lists for pretty much everything that's going on in my life. Whether that be to-do lists, shopping lists or planning out what to study that week. I find that if I sit down, usually on a Sunday night, to write out things I need to get done the following week and update my diary and calendar, I have a much better outlook on the week approaching and have a clear idea of what I need to be doing each day. I find this kind of planning to be really helpful to manage my stress and the satisfaction of crossing everything off your to-do list is great. Of course, this way of planning isn't for everyone but if it is, you don't have to use scrap bits of paper or an old pen. Pretty calenders can be found everywhere and Card Factory even do two for £1. Things such as diaries and weekly planners can also be a great way of breaking down things you need to do and if that's not your thing, a simple list on your 'notes' app on your phone can do just the trick.

2) Baths: I must admit I'm not a huge bath person and am more of a shower kinda gal but baths can be a great stress reliever! Baths are a great way to relax and unwind. They help relax your muscles (which helps when your stressed as muscles get tense and often cause headaches) making you feel more relaxed and ultimately help you to have a better night's sleep. You can also add candles around the bathroom, bath bombs or anything else you find soothing and relaxing to have a bit of 'me-time'.

 3) Music: Music has the power to make you feel all kinds of things. Music is one of the best stress relief's about whether you enjoy banging out the air guitar, belting out a bit of Whitney or just laying back and enjoying the lyrics, it is the perfect way to let your mind wander and just let loose. This is one of my personal favourites, especially when the house is empty and I can sing at the top of my voice! It releases those amazing little things called endorphins and can totally transform your mood no matter how stressy and grumpy you were beforehand. 

4) Walking: No matter how much we may like to deny it exercise is one of the best ways to de-stress. You don't have to start running marathons or swimming 100 lengths in your local swimming pool but even a 10 minute walk can help to clear the mind and help you to feel more relaxed. The best thing is that you can incorporate this into any part of your day whether that be in your lunch break, after work or even before you start the busy day ahead. It also helps to take a more scenic route if possible such as parks and gardens and you may wish to take your headphones to listen to some music along the way although you may get some odd looks if you start the air guitar mid-walk...

5) Spending time with someone: We all have that one person we can go to no matter what. It may be a family member, a friend, a partner... Whoever it may be it is always important to spend time with someone you makes you feel great and equally who you make feel wonderful too. It gives you a sense of well-being and perspective on your busy/stressful life and if you can talk to your 'someone' just remember that a problem shared is a problem halved. 

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