We all get stressed from time to time, whether due to work, family or a number of other things. So, we’ve selected some of the best ways to help you relax, all of which can fit around your day-to-day lifestyle – not matter how hectic it is.
Breathe from your diaphragm
If you feel yourself beginning to get stressed, take a moment to slow your breathing down. Make sure you breathe from your diaphragm: stand up, breathe in through your nose filling your stomach with air (like a balloon) and then exhale slowly through your mouth. Do this a couple of times to regulate your heart rate and calm your emotions.
Minty or fruity, chewing gum helps to reduce anxiety and to lower cortisol levels (stress hormones). A study into mental health also suggests that chewing gum helps to elevate your mood, increase blood flow to the brain and make you feel more alert throughout the day. Even better: you can do it whilst you’re on the go or sat at your desk at work!
This is probably our favourite way to reduce stress! Eating one square of dark chocolate a day can help to calm your nerves, reduce stress hormones and stabilise your metabolism!
Nestle Researcher, Sunil Kochhar conducted an experiment which suggested that the consumption of dark chocolate on a daily basis resulted in 100% of the participants feeling healthier, less stressed and having improved mental health after just 2 weeks!
Drink green tea
Herbal teas have different health benefits depending on which one you choose. Green tea contains L-Theanine, which is a chemical proven to relieve anger. Having just one mug of green tea a day could help you on your path to a happier, healthier you.
Eat some mango
Mango actually contains linalool – a compound which helps to relieve stress! Add some mango to your daily intake of fruit to help relieve stress for those more trying days.
Something as simple as an untidy desk or house could be contributing to your stress. Dedicate some time to sorting through everything and getting organised and you’ll feel calmer and more relaxed in yourself afterwards!
If you find that your stress is work related it might be time to look for a new job; you spend the majority of your time at work and if you’re not happy this can have a huge impact on your mental health. Check our job board to find a role that suits you.