5 Techniques you can use to lower stress levels

The management of stress and your personal mental health is not something that can be acheived in a short period of time. However there are some techniques that can be implemented, whether at home or at work, to help you find short term relief.

 

1. Breathe

Stop what you are doing for 1 minute and follow these simple steps:

1. Take 5 deep breaths in and out

2. Visualise all that stress leaving your body each time you breathe out

3. Finish with a smile. You may not feel like it but the act of smiling can have a big impact on your overall mood.

 

2. Move

Get up, get outside and walk even for just 5 minutes. That’s all you have to do to lift your mood.

Go to the beach, the local park or even just your garden but enjoy being outside, breathing in the fresh air and clear your mind. There is no reason you can’t do this during the working day either. Why not have that zoom call whilst you are stretching your legs or make sure a portion of your lunch break is used to raise your heart rate.

The other option is yoga. The combination of physical, mental and spiritual disciplines has long been favoured by those seeking inner peace. There is an abundance of youtube channels to help you get started.

 

3. Listen

We all have our go to favourite song so sit back, close your eyes and press play. Whether it helps you swtich off or transports you to a happier place, it will be sure to lift your mood. If you need some help choosing a track then have a look at the research carried out by Beeja Meditation who analysed over 500 playlists on Spotify featuring 100,000 songs to decide which were the most popular in helping people chill out and unwind.

 

The world’s favourite relaxing songs

The world’s favourite relaxing songs that you can sing along to

Of course it isn’t all about music. Many people choose podcasts or mediation apps to help the tension ease from their shoulders. Spotify have a wellness hub set up with a variety of choices or check out headspace on your app store to help develop a mindful approach to everyday life.

 

4. Smell

The sense of smell is closely linked with memory, probably more so than any of our other senses. It might be freshly cut grass reminding you of home or the scent of sea salt in the air as a romanticised feature of life along a seacoast but there are other ways to use your nose to help you relax.

Try dabbing some lavender on your wrists the next time you feel tension creeping in. Linalool which is the fragrant vapour found in lavender can reportedly quell anxiety so dab it on your wrists or your temples, put a few drops in your bath and let yourself float in tranquillity. It is believed to have similar effects to sedative drugs so this shouldn’t be that hard.

 

5. Taste

Many people turn to food as a way to relieve stress. It is important to note that we are talking healthy food here so nutritious food which can help reduce oxidation and inflammation and help reduce weight gain. Try and avoid fast food, those high in sugars and salts as whilst you might think they will help you feel better, this is likely to just be short term and will have a detrimental effect beyond.

Why not try this stress relieving green smoothie made with superfoods that may naturally reduce stress and anxiety.