We live in a frenzied world. Whether you’re putting in the extra hours at the office, rushing to pick the kids up from school or going through personal issues, we tend to compromise on that all-important downtime.
Our research has revealed that, as nation, we’re only getting 40 minutes ‘me time’ a day, with life admin, careers and technology all taking priority.
At Rest Assured, we’re all about getting the rest you need – and deserve – to live a balanced, healthier and happy life.
We’ve compiled a list of 10 stress-busting techniques that you can give a go to help you sit-back and appreciate the good things.
Have you got any stress-relieving tips to share? Let us know in the comments section.
Top tip 1: Get a good night’s sleep
This is so, so important to mental and physical well-being and development. Sleep deprivation has been linked to poor cognitive function, obesity and heart-related diseases, so sleep should always be a priority.
Top tip 2: Feeling crafty?
Arts and crafts can be positive therapeutic tools that help boost a person’s mental health, reduce stress and improve confidence.
Whether that’s a bit of knitting, baking, candle making or painting, arts and crafts can help take you away from the regular – and mundane – stresses of everyday life.
Looking for inspiration? Read our blog on crafts to help you relax here.
Top tip 3: Make your bedroom a haven
After a long-day at work or looking after the kids, you need a place you can relax and retreat. That’s why it’s so important to make your bedroom a place you want to be, rather than a night-time obstacle course of boxes, disregarded clothing and whatever is lurking under your bed.
This starts with keeping your bedroom tidy, refreshed and de-cluttered. With our complete bedroom spring-clean checklist, you’ll be armed and ready to create a retreat worthy of royalty.
Top tip 4: Switch off to switch off
We’re all guilty of it. Lying in bed and scrolling aimlessly through our Facebook and Instagram feeds as the clock ticks by.
The problem with this is that the light emitted by our smartphones is not conducive to sleep. In fact, it’s only going to keep us awake for longer. Try putting your phone away and on silent about an hour before bed to help get to sleep quicker.
Top tip 5: Discover other worlds
Remember that age-old tradition of reading? Well, picking-up a book is still great for reducing stress, improving creativity and even boosting brain power.
What better-way to take a step-back from the rigours of life by getting lost in your favourite book? In fact, studies have shown that reading worked best at reducing stress levels than listening to music, drinking tea or taking a walk.
Top tip 6: Gain perspective
It’s easy to lose-sight of the important things when you’re feeling harassed and harried. As people, we tend to focus on the negative things in our life as opposed to the positive.
By writing down three things you’re grateful for everyday – however mundane they may appear on the surface – you can help reduce stress levels and rebalance our outlook in life.
Top tip 7: Get out and about
A short walk – especially in green areas and space – can help clear your head by boosting endorphins.
Endorphins are the chemicals that interact with the receptors in your brain and trigger positive feelings reminiscent of morphine. Try and get a short walk into your daily routine – particularly in the morning before work – to make a positive start to your day.
Top tip 8: Get in the rhythm
Putting on your favourite music can help boost your mood-levels and lower stress levels.
Classical music in particular has been linked with lowering blood pressure and heart rates, but any music can help you improve your mood and de-stress. This is because music you enjoy triggers positive neurochemicals in your bran – such as dopamine – to help quash anxious feelings.
Top tip 9: Just do it
As with walking, exercise in general is great for boosting endorphins. You also have the positive side effects of feeling sleepier – thus more ready for bed – and higher self-esteem. Just make sure you don’t exercise too close to bedtime as the adrenaline can make you feel more awake.
And if pounding the treadmill isn’t your thing, join a fitness club or pick-up a new sporty hobby. As well as earning those endorphins, you’ll meet new people and friends, which is another welcome side effect from breaking a sweat.
Top tip 10: Think positive, feel better
‘Visualisation’ is technique that’s supposed to create a relaxing effect on the mind. When you’re next feeling stressed, take a minute to sit-back and visualise a peaceful scenario or scene. This could be your ideal holiday destination on a sandy beach by twinkling shores, or simply being at home on a Sunday morning reading a book.