Make 2020 a stress free year!
Discover these five techniques for dealing with stress, for a happy new year and a stress free life.
Develop a routine.
One of the main causes of stress can be our inability to switch off, either from work or from other commitments. Having a set evening routine means that we can switch off manually at a set time, a technique that many find helpful for relaxing after a busy day.
Sort Your Diet
Up to 90 per cent of our serotonin, (the happy hormone) is produced in our gut!
Support your mood and banish stress by opting for a diet rich in fermented foods and probiotics to support your stomach flora, for a boost in mood and energy, and a drop in stress.
Take a warm bath.
Stress can often manifest throughout our muscles in the form of tension, meaning we are often unable to relax our bodies once we climb into bed.
A great way to tackle this is to have a hot bath before bed, Epsom salts are a great ingredient to any bath as they soothe and relax tight muscles.
Have some herbal tea.
Soothing, herbal teas like chamomile or passionflower can be a great aid for relaxing in the evening, massively helping with stress.
A cup of chamomile can produce a mild sedative effect and can also ease anxiety- whilst passionflower tea has been proven to fight insomnia- not bad for some dried leaves!
Try out some yoga.
Yoga relieves tension in the body and can be an excellent way to control breathing. The holding of postures and strong focus on your diaphragm can be a great way to divert focus away from life’s daily stresses- bringing your mind onto one topic, and one topic alone.
Yoga can be great to do in the morning to clear your mind for the day and the in the evening to relax your body before sleep.
Take back control.
A great way to combat stress is to take back control.
Set aside a period of time in the day to organise yourself and carry out tasks. Setting aside specific time slots for relaxation and work can be a great way to avoid feelings of guilt, an emotion which can contribute towards stress.
Plan Your Day
Stress can often manifest when we feel overwhelmed.
A great way to avoid feelings of confusion is to plan your day. If you’ve set out everything you need to do the night before, you can wake up happy and eager to get stuff done. Don’t want stress to rule your tasks?
Opt for regular breaks to avoid feelings of discontent, whether that’s taking a nap, phoning a friend or trying out some brain training tricks.