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My Top 10 Tips to De-Stress and Unwind

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3rd June 2018
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Do you have an idea how to de-stress and unwind? We all know the benefits of relaxing and unwinding, but sometimes it’s easier said than done. I truly believe though that you can “learn” to relax – even if it’s not something that you naturally do with a few simple techniques, tips & triggers.

Tip # 1: Meditate

I always thought this meant hours of sitting still and being quiet (not my forte), but no need to go on a retreat to the mountains, ten minutes of peace is all it takes to reap the benefits of meditation. There’s evidence that just two quick bouts of silent meditation per day can relieve stress and depression. I would suggest a guided mediation too – and there a plenty of apps available – my favourite is ‘Headspace’. Start with 10 minutes and see how you get on.

Tip #2: Give Yourself a Hand Massage

I’m a big believer in regular massage – like, seriously, at least once a month to release tension and pressure (and there is tons of research on the benefits of massage and a positive mindset). But when there’s no professional masseuse in sight, try DIYing a hand massage for instant relaxation that calms a pounding heart . Massages can be especially helpful for people who spend a lot of time typing on a keyboard or doing repetitive gestures or actions, but hands in general can carry a lot of tension. Apply some fab lotion (my favourite right now is Geranium and Orange Hand Cream by Neal’s Yard) and start kneading the base of the muscle under the thumb to relieve stress in the shoulders, neck, and scalp.

Tip #3 Rub Your Feet Over a Golf Ball

You can get an impromptu relaxing foot massage by rubbing your feet back and forth over a golf ball. Keep them under your desk to relieve tension during the work day.

Tip #4 Create a Play List

Pink, Beyonce, or 80s hits, or the best of Pavarotti, whatever it its – create different playlists for different moods. Seriously, music can change your heart rate, your mood, and more in minutes. I have playlists for bedtime, playlists to unwind to, and more.

Tip #5: Try Aromatherapy

It takes just a minute to drip some lavender, geranium, sandalwood,or another essential oil into your palm, rub together to release the fragrance, and inhale. The soothing scents may help send stress and anxiety packing by stimulating smell receptors in the nose that connect to the part of the brain that regulates emotions. Or for a nighttime treat, try a soothing diffuser.

Tip #6: Cuddle With a Pet

A bloke’s cuddles are okay, but they’re (usually) not furry enough or willing to keep going for endless snuggles. After a rough day, snuggle up with a pet for an instant slobbery smile, since pets can boost self-esteem and even ease the sting of social rejection.

Tip #7: Take a Quick Walk

When you’re feeling overwhelmed or having trouble concentrating, go for a quick stroll outside. You’ll get the benefits of alone time, physical activity, and a few minutes to gather your thoughts! A change of scenery always does us good.

Tip #8: Connect with Nature

Similar to tip #7 but even better when you can be around trees, fresh air, running water and the like. Nature has an unbelievably calming effect on us and the sound of bird call, a babbling stream, and not much else calms the soul. Not got enough motivation to get out regularly – get yourself a dog! Nothing says “out we go” like a puppy’s pleading eyes.

Tip #9: Nosh on Chocolate

Just a square (not a whole bar 😉 ) of the sweet stuff can calm your nerves. Dark chocolate regulates levels of the stress hormone cortisol and stabilizes metabolism. Aim for 70%+ so the sugar content is less but the good stuff is more.

Tip #10: Close Your Eyes

James Taylor said it: You can close your eyes, it’s all right. Take a quick break from a hetic work day or a manic kids’ meltdown by just lowering your eyelids. It’s an easy way to regain calm and focus. Trying coupling it with a few deep breaths to calm and relax and you’re onto a winner.

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