Mental Strength

8 Small Ways To De-Stress

We’re living through some pretty intense times, so it’s not surprising that so many of us are feeling the stresses of life. It’s so important to take care of your mental health as well as your physical and doing small acts of self-care can be the perfect answer to stress. 

Keep reading to find some of the best, small ways you can de-stress in your daily life. Incorporating just a few of these a few times a week could have an incredible impact on your stress levels, and bring life that little bit more joy.

 

 1. Yoga

We love to get in a bit of Zen wherever we can with a yoga session. 

From as little as ten minutes, to as long as an hour, yoga can fit around your day, no matter how stressful. Just a small session can leave you with a clearer mind, dissolving away whatever stresses you’ve got that day. 

Incorporating yoga into your daily life can be a brilliant habit to form to aid a stressful mind. Start with our beginners guide to yoga.

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 2. Take a Technology-Free Walk

As much as it’s a great feeling to listen to your favorite music or podcast on a long walk after a stressful day, sometimes unplugging and listening to everything around you can give you the clear head that a stressed mind needs. 

Be mindful of the sounds around you and take the time to sort through your thoughts, with no distractions. We know it might be tough, but leaving your phone at home can feel like lifting a weight off; getting rid of the stresses of modern life, even just for half an hour.

 

 3. Switch Off Social Media

If you loved taking a phone-free walk as much as we thought you would, taking the step to switch off your social media for an hour or so every day could relieve you of extra stress that you don’t need. 

A good tip for this is to start by just switching it off for one morning every week. Then try every Monday for every week, or every Friday. Whatever works for you, try it. It’ll feel like a breath of fresh air.

 

 4. Read

Do you cringe when you see your screen-time notification pop up every week just to let you know that it increased by 115%? Yeah…we get that. 

Take a step away from the screens that cause our brains to be on high alert and take some time to read.  

This can be anything from a new book or an old favorite, or just a magazine that makes you happy. Reading relaxes your mind instead of waking it up, so doing this de-stress method works fantastically before bed.

 

 5. Stretch

Sometimes you’ve just got to stretch it out to release all of that tension. 

There are so many stretching routines out there to try, and starting or ending your day with a good stretch is a brilliant way to relieve stress. 

Its time set aside just for you, without any distractions, the perfect way to clear a busy mind.

Try out our yoga style stretch routine to start unwinding.

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6. Light some Candles

Any candle lover knows how the mood is elevated once you light a candle. Fill the room with calming smells and relaxing lighting. Get a cup of tea, and maybe a book and chill out. Also recommended to accompany a long bath for ultimate de-stressing powers. 

 

7. Cook

Take on board tip six, and light a candle, pour a glass of wine, put some music on and start cooking. This can be a top strategy for de-stressing for many people, and there’s nothing better than a home cooked meal to brighten up a stressful day. And cooking it can be just as enjoyable as eating it. 

Try a few of our warming winter meals for ultimate comfort and stress-relief. 

 

8. Write it Down

 A problem shared is a problem halved. Even if it’s just written down for no one else to read.  

Next time you have a stressful day and don’t really feel like talking about it, try to write it down and get all of your emotions out. You won’t have to worry about what other people think of it, so you don’t have to hold back. You find yourself left feeling lighter afterwards. 

 

 

Take Home Message 

Pick out a few of these tips the next time you have a stressful day (or week, or month!) and we promise you might feel that little bit lighter. Whether you love to cook to de-stress, or you just need a long bath, its important to find your perfect strategy to unwind, especially in 2020.

And don’t forget to always seek professional help for any anxiety, you can see some helpful resources for that here.

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Monica Green

Monica Green

Writer and expert

Originally from South London, Monica graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in Philosophy. After discovering a love for the gym whilst studying, Monica was drawn to weight training which helped her hugely through stressful times as a student. From writing for a popular student site, Monica developed her skills as an author, writing trending feature pieces regularly. She is thrilled to be able to combine her love for writing with her passion for the gym. In her spare time Monica loves to cook, try out new restaurants with friends and explore new walking trails.


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