Saturday, 12 March 2016

6 Ways To Relax & De-Stress

We all know too much stress is bad for us - whilst a certain amount of pressure can help us to perform well and achieve our goals, when it goes unchecked things can get out of hand. Stress can contribute to a myriad of health problems, from high blood pressure to mental illnesses, as well as exacerbating existing conditions such as asthma, eczema and migraines. On top of all that, stress can wreak havoc with your skin, causing break-outs and a tired, dull-looking complexion - so all in all, it's something best dealt with!
Six Ways To Relax & De-Stress
I always thought that I didn't get stressed - while my friends would be freaking out about exams and how much they'd revised (or hadn't), or panicking about interviews, or staying up all night proofreading their essay one more time, I was always pretty chilled. Looking back, I've realised that actually, I just had some good coping mechanisms in place (and some not-so-good ones, but we won't go into that right now!) - so I thought it'd be a good idea to share some of the things that help me relax and de-stress...

Baking
I think the best thing to bake is probably bread, as I find kneading the dough is a brilliant way of getting all your frustration out! Really, though, anything that needs a good stir will do - or just the act of going through the steps of a recipe might do the trick for you. I don't seem to get my bake on as much as I used to (thanks to living with my parents and not having much kitchen space) but I always find it really relaxing when I get chance.
Getting outdoors
I've always been an outdoors kinda girl - it comes with growing up on a farm, I guess - and I really notice the difference when I've not made the effort to take myself out for a few days. I live in a beautiful part of the world and even just an hour spent walking in the woods really helps to clear my heads and chill me out! Fresh air and spending some time with nature has a real way of relaxing me and I know I'm not the only one; this also kind of leads into my next point...
Six Ways To Relax & De-Stress - The view from Farleton Knott, Cumbria
Exercise
It's such a cliché but it's a cliché for a reason; exercise really does help! Getting yourself moving releases endorphins which are your body's "happy chemicals". It's all about finding something that works for you - you might even need something different depending how you're feeling. If you're feeling sad or overwhelmed, try something gentle like swimming or yoga/Pilates, whereas if you're angry or super-stressed I find something energetic like running or cycling, or even a little bit violent/aggressive like boxing, is great for working out all your frustrations!
Lose yourself
Not literally, although if that works for you, then there'll be no judgement from me! I mean in a good book or film - sometimes all you need to chill out is to take yourself away from things for an hour to two. I really struggle to concentrate on a film long enough to see the whole thing, but can easily curl up with a book and lose a whole day - although it's been a while since I've done that!
Ways To Relax Book & A Brew
A bit of self-care
...Whatever that means for you; it might be running a nice hot bath with a bath bomb, painting your nails, calling a friend for a good gossip... Anything that makes you feel good about yourself and is 100% indulging in yourself will work here! For me, this would be slapping on a face mask (this Origins one is my current favourite) and settling down to read a book, magazine or a few blog posts.
A good old-fashioned spring clean
'Tis the season, after all! I find clutter and "stuff" quite stressful, so having a good tidy-up, putting things away properly and, if possible, throwing things away, is really relaxing to me! This is more difficult whilst living with my parents as there is genuinely so much stuff in my room that I need to keep, but have nowhere else to put it - but even things like putting away clean laundry, cleaning my make-up brushes or tidying up my wardrobe help to calm me down and clear my head.
Ways To Relax
Bonus tip: Rituals
Humans are, by nature, creatures of habit - so it's likely that anything you can do on auto-pilot will have a soothing effect on you! If you can get into a little unwinding routine, your mind will come to associate it with chilling out. Something like removing your make-up and carrying out your evening skincare routine is a good one for this - do you have any little routines that always calm you down?

How do you like to relax after a stressful day? What are your tips for keeping calm? I'd love to hear what you'd add to my list! I also have a Wellbeing board on Pinterest where I pin all sorts of things related to positivity and self-care, if this is something you're interested in - you can find that here.

xo

19 comments:

  1. Ha, I wish baking could help me to relax! I'm an awful baker so even something as simple as cake pops would increase my stress levels. I'm with you on self care though, every few days I make sure I take some time out to have a bath and just chill out by myself.

    Catherine | Hey, Mama

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  2. getting outside definitely helps me relax as well as a nice, hot shower!

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  3. I always feel good after going to the gym and also getting outside to breathe the fresh air, enjoy the sun or smell the flowers always works for me!
    Yiota
    Pinkdaisyloves.blogspot.com.cy

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  4. Great post! For me I think baking and self care would help me unwind and de-stress :)

    Sophia Meola | A Beauty, Fashion & Lifestyle Blog

    xx

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  5. I really like yoga and meditation or reading a book helps me relax. It is nice to just switch off from everything going on around you. A good walk along the canal is super relaxing too.

    Lauren x | www.laurenapowers.blogspot.com

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  6. I have chronic stress which has lead to a varied amount of random and annoying illnesses, urgh. For me, keeping busy helps - I just I could just draw a bath and relax, but actually just relaxing makes my head wander to dark places and as a result get even more stressed URGH. I can't win! To try and keep it at an okay level - just getting outside, gardening, going for a walk to reading, colouring in and crafting are my big things. Anything that keeps my head off whatever it is stressing about is a winner in my book.

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  7. Great post! Bike riding is my go to way to help with stress. I need warmer weather to come!

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  8. It feels so matriarchal to admit that baking really does help de-stress. All the kneading is hard work! :) Yesterday my bf and I cleaned the apartment and I have to say I feel pretty damn good about it.!! You have valid points.
    www.MARINASAYS.com

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  9. Great tips <3

    http://shizasblog.blogspot.com

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  10. Baking, reading and pamper nights are my favourite ways to de-stress x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness x

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  11. yes, yes, yes, yes! exercise is definitely my first solution for a bad day, as well as locking myself up in my makeup room and creating some colorful crazy makeup :)

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  12. I really enjoy spring cleaning whenever I'm feeling stressed, I'm always able to weed out the things I don't need really well whereas when I try to declutter when I'm feeling okay I end up holding on to things I 'might need one day' haha x

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  13. Baking is the one thing I really want to make more time for! I love relaxing in a bath and reading a good book to wind down at the moment :) plus little things like taking my time doing my skincare routine xx

    Jasmine Talks Beauty

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  14. Great suggestions for de-stressing, apart from baking, baking makes me more stressed haha! Getting outdoors is probably my favourite way to de-stress.

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  15. A long hot bath and a good book works for me most of the time x

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  16. You are so right..running a nice long bath does it for me. :)

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  17. Great tips, I dont get much time to myself nowadays but I like an early night and a Netflix marathon when I get the chance :) #shareitsunday

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  18. Great tips! I really need to start doing this and taking time to myself to destress and relax. I really should have an early night instead of staying up till 2am working! Thanks for sharing with #shareitsunday x

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  19. just discovered your blog and I'm SO glad. Love this post. Little routines like coming home, lighting some candles and taking a bubble bath, really help my day to day anxiety. I try to do at least 3 self cares a day. whether that be yoga, drinking a fruit smoothie, or reading a good book :) thanks for sharing! xX

    kynialikethecountry.blogspot.com

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