April is Stress Awareness month, so I thought we could take this opportunity to look at what can be done to help combat stress.
We all experience stress at some point in our life and some would argue that a little stress is necessary, in order to get things done. However, left unchecked stress can very debilitating. In fact, long term chronic stress, can lead to major problems with health and well-being. So it’s important to have strategies in place, to help you to reduce your stress levels and thereby prevent it from affecting your health.
So here are my top 5 tips for lowering stress:
- Embrace nature. Get outside, go for walks and breathe the pure, fresh air. Connecting with nature is a great way to clear your head and completely disconnect yourself from the stresses of your day to day life. So, even if it’s only for a few hours every week, set aside some time to get out there and explore the natural world and all it has to offer.
- Exercise. Exercise gets the blood moving and increases the production of those feel good endorphins, making it great for stress relief. Whether you go to the gym, swimming, running or attend a class, it can really make a difference. Ideally you want to be doing a minimum of 20 minutes exercise a day.
- Relaxation. Whether it’s a relaxing bath, a soothing massage or a regular meditative practice. Relaxation is most beneficial when done regularly. Just taking 10 – 20 minutes out of every day, to completely immerse yourself in a relaxing activity can work wonders. We have some relaxing bath soaks here which you could try to help you relax.
- Sleep. Are you getting enough sleep? If you’re not getting enough good quality sleep, that could actually be contributing to your stress. Try some natural ways of improving your sleep. Maybe some deep breathing exercises, whilst laid in bed or a progressive muscular relaxation to release tension from your muscles. Lavender is also great for promoting sleep, so check out our lavender sleep pillows here
- Essential oils. There are many essential oils which can help to relieve stress but my favourites are: Lavender, Ylang Ylang, Rose, Chamomile, Frankincense and Bergamot. For more info on how to use essential oils, you can find my last blog post here, which is all about essential oils and how to use them.
Whilst we can’t make stress magically disappear, we can change how we allow it to affect us. So for Stress Awareness month, take this opportunity to make a change to your own lifestyle. Try to adopt some of the tips above and see if you notice a change.
Or perhaps you have some tips share? What do you like to do to relieve stress?