When you’re feeling stressed or anxious, everything can feel a little overwhelming. You may be very aware that you need to take a deep breathe, but it can sometimes be hard to relax and alleviate stress. I have created a list of suggestions which might be useful next time you’re feeling unsettled.
1. Go for a walk
Quite literally getting a breathe of fresh air can work wonders when your mind feels out of control. Getting outdoors and taking a stroll alone or with a friend can give you time to appreciate everything around you.
2. Take some photos
You don’t have to be a professional photographer to take photos. You don’t need a fancy DSLR and the latest equipment, you can simply use your phone or any camera to capture an image. Trying to take a photo of yourself when you’re reeling uneasy isn’t always the best option, so try to focus on something else. Whether it may be of your cat sleeping in the only patch of sunlight, or a pretty flower in the garden, or even a random object inside. I personally love to take extreme close ups of random objects, looking at the textures that you may not normally see. It may sound dull, but it can be very calming and allows you to appreciate everything around you.
3. Get social
Now, I’m not talking social media. Meet someone face to face, or speak on the phone to your best friend. Whether you’re talking about whatever may be on your mind, or gossiping about something completely different, talking can be a great therapy. I have a group conversation with some of my closest friends on Whatsapp which is an amazing outlet as there is always someone available to read your messages, even when it’s late on a Monday night and there isn’t an opportunity to meet up.
4. Get colouring
You may or may not have seen the beautiful adult colouring books across social media recently. When I first came across these, I felt very unsure and was baffled by who these would be of interest to. I have since warmed to them and am now a colouring supporter! When this month’s Birchbox arrived, it contained a box of colouring pencils so that I could colour-in the lid of my box. I began colouring for five minutes to fill a few moments of boredom, but got carried away, Hours later I had decorated the entire lid and felt incredibly calm. All other thoughts had fled, and I was very ready for a peaceful night’s sleep! If you’d like to try colouring, I believe you can buy lovely books from Amazon and WH Smiths.
Whether it’s a batch of your favourite cupcakes or preparation of healthy meals for the week, baking can be both calming and a distraction. Not much of a cook (don’t worry, I’m not either!) why not buy a pack of plain cupcakes for you to ice and decorate at home. Decoration is the fun part after all!
Almost a year ago I downloaded an app called Calm. It essentially does what it says on the tin, and helps you to meditate for a few minutes. Taking a few minutes to yourself each day can really help you to cope with the stressors of day-to-day life.
For many, exercise can help with stress management. Whether you go for a 20 minute jog to gather your thoughts, take out some anger on a punch bag, or master those yoga poses you’ve been attempting, exercise can do wonders for the mind as well as the body!
8. Nail Art
Focusing on the delicate detail of nail art is great for re-focusing any negative energy and thoughts. Get creative with designs! If you’re struggling with a particular hand or work/school aren’t a fan of nail polish, why not decorate your toes instead? Flip flop season shall soon be upon us!
9. Read a book
Pick up your favourite novel (or even a magazine if you’re not in the mood for a full story) and get lost on the pages.
10. Take a bath
Now we’re not talking just a quick wash, but instead a full on bubble bath. That lush bath bomb you’ve been saving for a spacial occasion, your favourite magazine that you haven’t had chance to flick through, and your favourite scented candles… they’re all invited. Pile your hair up, put a face mask on and enjoy.
What do you like to do when you’re feeling stressed?