Life can be stressful at times. Maybe you have a big event coming up- uni exams, a driving test or a big presentation at work. Perhaps it’s more of an ongoing issue, with smaller problems from work, friends or family all mounting up and causing your stress levels to increase. We all experience stress at one time or another, and one important thing to get right in adulthood is finding healthy and productive ways to cope when life gets us down. Don’t reach for that glass of wine, or consider binging on that unhealthy takeaway. Here are some much better methods!
Go to the spa
Going to the spa is such a treat. A day spent relaxing by the indoor pool, enjoying a jacuzzi and steam room and enjoying some pampering treatments– from mud baths to facials, pedicures and more. It’s a chance to spend some quality time with your partner, mum or one of your girlfriend or you could just go alone. You can often find spa days reduced on sites like Groupon, or if you have a birthday or special occasion coming up you could ask for tickets. It might not be something you can afford to go and do every month, but every now and again it could be just what the doctor ordered. Really relax, refresh and get ready to get back out there and handle whatever life throws.
Practice self- massage techniques
Massage is so good for the body. It’s not pseudoscience or witch doctory, massage has proven health benefits. As well as easing knots and tense muscles, it can reduce blood pressure and even releases ‘happy chemicals’ in the brain which can improve wellbeing. You might think you need a partner or someone to help when it comes to massage, but there are lots of techniques you can do on yourself. Massage on your hands, feet, arms and legs can be so beneficial, and there are lots of tutorials and guides online and on sites like Youtube.
Enjoy a relaxing hobby
Sometimes relaxing isn’t about being pampered or sitting around doing nothing. It can mean taking your mind off your worries by doing something else, but something you find enjoyable. Relaxing hobbies are perfect for this; it could be DIYing botanicals from sites like https://thehippiehouse.com.au/collections/magical-butter, it could be blogging, baking or gaming. Go with something that’s going to occupy you without being strenuous, and make you feel happy.
Exercise might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you’re feeling stressed. But before you dive under your duvet and settle in for a Netflix marathon, know that once you’ve done it you genuinely will feel so much better for it. You could hit the gym, go on a hike, hop on your bike or go for a swim. Exercise again releases happy chemicals into the brain, helps you to feel productive and gives you a boost both mentally and physically.