Stress can be a big concern in modern day life. From work to money issues, our life’s collection of worries can build up in our heads and make us feel overwhelmed and defeated.
Learning how to ‘switch off’ from stress can drastically help you mentally and physically. So how do you do it? We’ve listed below some top-tips for simple things you can do at home to help.
Change the attitude
Once you realise that you’re in control of your stresses and worries, then your whole attitude to everyday life will start to change. If you think about it, worrying is basically imagining IF something might go wrong.
Worrying about scenarios which may never happen can be extremely stressful, so changing our attitude to stress and managing our internal dialogues can massively increase your happiness.
Changing your attitude towards stress takes time though – so don’t be surprised if it takes you a few attempts before you begin to notice any changes. If you’re dedicated to trying to ‘switch off’ you’ll eventually get there.
In this digital age, ‘switching off’ in general has become basically impossible. News, social media and emails are accessible 24/7. This can be amazing, but it can lead you to feel drained and comparing your life to others.
Just like our phones, we sometimes need to go on aeroplane mode and tune out from everything around us. Firstly, actually put your phone on aeroplane mode. It doesn’t have to be for a long period of time, but half an hour of peace & quiet from the outside world will help. It will retune your brain to concentrate on the here and now, with no work emails pinging throughout the evening.
Have you noticed your heart starting to race and your stomach flip when you’re stressed? Well, one technique to try and calm stress is to manage the rate of your breathing. If you’re in a stressful situation, stepping away from it and counting to 10 is definitely helpful.
But, if you continue to notice a change in your breathing the more stressed you become, then you can calm your mind down by slowing your breathing rate. Firstly, inhale slowly and count to 3. Then, exhale slowly and count to 3. It may sound silly, but you’ll be amazed at how quickly this can slow your mental chatter down.
Not only will this increase your overall health & well-being, but taking 30 minutes of your day to put your headphones in and go for a run, or join a local sports club, will help you to ‘switch off’ from the stresses which keep you up at night and give you some positive endorphins.
It mainly forces your brain to concentrate on something else and gives you the excuse to tune your mind to the task in hand, rather than drifting off to your life stresses.
Taking a bath is another way to help you ‘switch off’ from stress. Our Relax Therapy range has been created to help you unwind, detox and ‘switch off’ from life’s dramas. Containing a beautiful blend of Rose, Geranium and Frankincense essential oils and Natural Dead Sea Salts, these bath salts help to improve your mood, boost your confidence and relieve stress.
To get the best from the salts, add two handfuls of salt to a warm bath. For concentrated use (for detoxification, or in cases of extremely dry skin or aching joints) add half the contents of a pack. Soak for 20 minutes and then rinse off for a truly relaxing bathing experience.