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April 11, 2022
Knowing how to pause, relax and reduce or release this build-up of stress is very important for a healthy, happy, balanced life.
Below we share ten top tips and tools to help you move from stress to de-stress.
Evaluate what is making you the most stressed, what is taking up a lot of your time and possibly causing other things to take a back seat. Once you understand what the main contributing factor to your stress are you can then look into how you can make changes to them.
You don't wait until your car runs out of fuel to re-fill it or until your phone actually dies before you plug it in, right? Yet, so many of us seem to do this with our own energy and not notice how low we are, until it is on red .. or worse!
As humans, we obviously need time to refuel and recharge. This means tuning in to your body and taking the time and rest it needs each and every day.
Whether that means quiet time, lying down, reading a book, a walk in nature, playing with your pet, meditation or a candle-lit bath - recharging is different for everyone - the main thing is to do it.
Why? Well, it can be hard to think clearly and know what your body needs, when you are constantly on the daily grind of 'doing', 'serving' and fulfilling the many roles that you have. So often people don't even notice the warning signals their bodies are giving them, until it is reaching burnout or code red level.
Taking time to step off the crazy train and creating some white space to just think and 'be' enables you to notice these signals. Once you are aware, you will be able to tune into your body and mind and understand what is out of balance and the steps you need to take to restore it. To become a better, healthier, happier version. of you.
Note: Please don’t 'feel guilty' for making time for yourself. This is often the number one reason that people give when they burn out. A burnt out, overwhelmed person is not bringing the best of themselves to the world, or to their families. in order to be your best self or to be able to meet anyone's else's needs, you first need to be in a state of balance yourself. So it is actually a selfless act really when you look at it this way.
If you feel you are becoming stressed about something in your life, assess it. Is it something you can control or change, if the answer is yes then evaluate how you are able change this. If the answer is no then the best thing to do is simply 'Let it go!'. Release it and you attachment to whatever it is.
Often we carry the weight of the world in our heads!! So many of our worries and fears never actual occur and stressing about events, people or things that we cannot change ... really is a waste of our valuable headspace. The ability to 'let things go' can play a big part in the reduction of your stress.
This may seem like the impossible at time, but trust us anything is possible. With our phones almost permanently attached to our hands these days, it seems like we are completely controlled by them! However, that really is not the case. Better habits, such as leaving it in your handbag once you get home, turning it onto silent and turning off notifications and simply limiting it's use to times when you genuinely need it ... all all within your control.
Constantly looking at a screen takes us away from the present moment, from reading, from being present with our families or friends. It also gives our brains very little down time to just 'be' and allow our minds to wander. Finally, overuse of your phone can also effect the quality of your sleep.
There are many benefits to Yoga, from gently stretching your muscles, developing a connection between your mind and body and allowing some quiet space for the mind to recharge.
Yoga is a great way to have some down time, focus on your breath and body and think of nothing else. With so many classes on offer and even video's available online (we love YogaWithAdrienne on YouTube), it is very easy to join a class.
After a couple of sessions, you will wake up with a new lease of life and feel positive about all the day has to bring.
The power of simply writing down your thoughts and feelings is truly remarkable. Journaling regularly is a great way to remove stressful thoughts or negative feelings from your mind.
It is a form of release, you are freeing the space in your brain to focus on more positive, creative, uplifting thoughts.
First thing in the morning is the best time to do this. Set aside 5 minutes of your day to just write, about anything that comes to your mind. Spelling and grammar doesn't matter, this is just for you! Put pen to paper and release anything that is bothering you, dig as deep as you can and aim for two or three pages.
Spending time in nauture has been shown to lower stress levels and has similar effects on your brain and body as that of meditating. Although the exact science behind it is unclear, being in a natural setting shows evidence of lower stress levels through a lower heart rate and lower blood pressure.
Whether you go for a walk, sit in the garden or go camping, whatever it may be just do it.
Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins—chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers—and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Exercise is also a great way to gain energy, this may seem strange as when you are performing exercise you are exerting yourself but trust us incorporating exercise into your day to day life will increase energy levels.
You don't need to over commit and sign up for a marathon! Finding something you enjoy is the most important thing here. Whether walking, running, aerobics, cycling, swimming or even just signing up for a dance or boxing class ... doing something regularly is what really matters.
Straightening out the physical aspects of you life can also bring clarity to the mental ones. Whether this be organising your kitchen cabinets, your draws, your wardrobe, prepping your meals, tidying your bedroom, you will be amazed how much this will clear your mind. Waking up in the morning to a beautiful clean and clear bedroom will put you in a great head space for the day.
In todays conflict filled world, it is very easy to focus on and become absorbed by, all that is negative!! This can spill over into our personal lives and we can easily only see the glass half empty! There will always be bills to way, work to do and reasons for us to feel stressed. However, there are also many, many hundreds of reasons for us to feel incredibly grateful.
Starting at the very basics! Being alive, being able to walk/ talk/ hear/ see. Having a job, having great friends or family. A roof over our heads .. food in the fridge ... start with all the basics that we so often take for granted - yet so many people don't have these!
By the time you've added in relationships, health, family, work and all the rest, you should truly feel quite blessed.
People who practice gratitude daily are some of the happiest people in the world. Why not join them, all you need is a quiet space. a quiet mind and an open heart.
February 21, 2022
So many of us have been brought up to believe that we need to take care of everyone else first and foremost and that our own needs come last. This is seen as a virtue and praised as being 'kind', 'right' and 'self-less'.
However, as we have seen many times over, ignoring or putting our needs last on our list inevitably leads to burnout, ill health and often a lot of resentment.
January 21, 2022
Self-care is any activity that we intentionally do in order to take care of ourselves! Simple as the really. Our health and wellbeing is made up of our mental, physical, emotional and even spiritual needs.
January 14, 2022
This month, our guest blog is by our lovely friend and London based yoga teacher, Lorna Fisher. An ex lawyer, Lorna is passionate about yoga and wellbeing and balance. A busy mum herself, she has also seen the many benefits of yoga practice for children and her teen workshops became very popular during the pandemic.