Stress. We’ve all felt it at some point, some of us more than others. Some people work well under stress, thrive on it even. They find they do their best work or come up with their greatest ideas. Others however find it much more difficult to cope with, I am one of those people.
Stress is something I often feel and this can be for any number of reasons; work, home, money etc. In the past I’ve not been so great at dealing with it, in fact last year I even fell ill with shingles because of it. Side note: shingles is the single most painful thing I’ve experienced, I was on holiday in Barcelona at the time so couldn’t do anything but dose up on painkillers.
In 2017 I decided it was time to get a grip on my stress triggers and start doing something about them. Below are some of the things that really help me to stay calm, improve my mood and calm the f**k down.
I’d read a lot about the calming effects of colouring and have also seen it’s popularity grow over the last year simply by the number of colouring books available for adults now. Step into any Paperchase, Waterstones or W.H. Smith and you’ll be able to find one easily. There are so many different versions and themes but I decided to buy this pretty and classic colouring book. No matter how pent-up, stressed, anxious or annoyed I’m feeling 30 mins – 1 hour of colouring in this helps to reset my mood completely. I find it really relaxing and helps to clear my mind.
This is a pretty obvious one and if I’m honest yoga is not something I got on with at first. I found it uncomfortable, difficult and felt like it actually made my mood worse not better! That was until I tried hot yoga with a friend at Fierce Grace. I don’t know if it was the added heat that helped me relax or the studio itself but I was converted. I have since been to normal yoga classes and felt the full effects. I walk away feeling calm, collected and reset. Now I try and do some form of yoga at least once a week.
Essential Oil Diffuser:
I first heard about the benefits of essential oils from my all-time favourite blogger Lauryn Evarts of The Skinny Confidential. She was snap chatting and instagramming about oils and her diffuser and I just knew I needed to get involved. You can read her original post on them here. I decided to invest in an essential oil diffuser and get in on the action. The one I got was pretty inexpensive and super easy to order from Amazon. I then took myself off to Neal’s Yard and picked out Tea Tree oil which is known for its cleansing properties and also Neroli which is super relaxing and smells incredible. You just add a couple of drops (or in my case 6/7) to the water in your diffuser and away you go! I use this when I’m working at home or at night before bed, it turns off automatically when the water has run out so you don’t have to worry about falling asleep with it on! Links to each product below…
Finally we’re going to talk bed time stories. Yep, that’s right bed time stories for us grown-ass adults. My flatmate first told me about the Calm app just before we went on a trip to Kenya with a group of our friends. No word of a lie we listened to a story every night that holiday and I slept so well. The Waterfall started and I fell asleep before Mia had even left her garage most nights…you’ll have to download it to find out what that means but basically THEY WORK. I highly highly recommend this or a meditation app if you have trouble sleeping. It works like a dream…pardon the pun.