WHY TAKING A BREAK IS IMPORTANT
Taking a break is something we should all do! whether it’s a week away or a couple of minutes of relaxation. Relaxing helps us to unwind our minds, improve our moods, improve disturbed sleep and helps us to have a clearer mind. It’s that time of the year again when exams and deadlines are taking place and the stress is real. I’m definitely feeling the stress and it’s hitting me hard for sure and for those who struggle with anxiety like me it sure as hell aint easy to be dealing with all the pressure. So TODAY I want you to take a little break from the stresses of the world and just let YOU be YOU. I’ve made a list of things that I find help me wind down and relax when I’m feeling stressed or anxious.
Spend time with pets:
I have put this one first because its my favourite! There is nothing more therapeutic than spending time with an animal. When I’m feeling shitty I always turn to my cat for a big snuggle (depending what mood he is in, with cats being that sassy independent woman malarkey)
Listening to a guided meditation:
This is a tricky one to do, I’m still trying to get the hang of it after practicing for 2 years. You have to get into a daily routine to feel the full benefits of mindfulness/meditation and its pretty damn hard! However, listening to a few minutes of meditation is proven to make you feel a little better. If meditation isn’t for you maybe try to do some breathing exercises.
Write down 5 things that you like about yourself:
Yes, It’s difficult but you can do it. I know it’s really easy to write things down that you don’t like about yourself but take a few minutes to just think about the things you like. Whether it’s something you like about your personality or a feature on your face. DO IT.
Enjoy your own company:
This is another favourite of mine. Disconnect yourself and enjoy your own company. Read a book, go for a walk, go to a cafe or restaurant on your own, turn off your phone for a while, take a bath, take a nap, write something….. the list goes on. Spending time with yourself does not make you lonely or boring! If you can’t enjoy your own company then who will?
This is a really hard one for me. I never have the motivation to excerise and when I do push myself to do so, I don’t even enjoy it. But I sure do feel a lot better after it. I like to do a bit of yoga now and then because it’s not as intense and it also helps you to relax. I have been doing some sit ups every morning for the past few weeks and I can defintely see a diffierence in my stomach which makes me feel more body confident. Body confident = Happy
Watch something funny:
If your easily amused like me then this is a really easy one. After a stressful day I like to get in bed and watch some Karl Pilkington (or Cian Twomey vines) with a cup of tea. Speaking of tea, there’s many different types of tea out there that help you to relax such as camomile tea.
Listen to music:
Listen to music and dance!! shake that ass, twerk, slut drop, JUST DANCE! music is another thing I turn to when feeling meh, sometimes just sticking my earphones in and putting my Spotify on shuffle instantly makes me feel better.
Spend time with friends and family:
I know you feel like shying away from people when stressed or down, believe me I’m terrible for it. However, spending time with the people you love instantly gives you comfort. It doesn’t have to be in person, pick up the phone and call a friend or family member you havent spoken to in a while!
Treat yo’ self!
Yes! do it! buy yourself some flowers, buy a new outfit, take a hot bath or go get a facial.
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY…………
Forcing a smile is proven to decrease stress. Yep, it’s true. I know a lot of us have problems with natural resting bitch faces but try smiling next time you walk past a stranger in the street! (unless you live in Manc or London, they might think you’re a nutter ha)