Did you know that when you’re stressed you can consume 40% more food than you usually would? Don’t let life drive you around the bend, see our six simple ways to help you unwind…
1. Laugh out loud
They often say that laughter is the best medicine and, when it comes to stress relief, this is true. Laughter can boost the immune system and help you relax. So watch your favourite feel-good movie, go to a comedy gig or even just get together with friends for a giggle – it will leave you feeling miles better.
2. Just say ‘no’
Learn that it’s OK to say no. Often many of us feel we have to say ‘yes’ to everyone, every time we’re asked for help and feel that we must respond positively. But remember, you can’t be all things to all people. You need to meet your own needs and be happy before you can truly give to others.
3. Ditch your mobile
Research suggests that almost one-quarter of our day is lost to interruptions from emails, phone calls and text messages. The problem is exacerbated by electronic gadgets such as mobiles and BlackBerrys, which means we never really switch off. So do yourself a favour and step away from your computer, turn off your mobile and learn to relax.
4. Get some herbal essence
Aromatherapy can be great for stress. Try using five or six drops of lavender oil in a warm bath or put two or three drops on a cloth and inhale from time to time during the day. Also, swap your normal cup of tea or coffee for a herbal alternative, such as chamomile or ginseng.
5. Have more sex
Sex, like exercise, can burn off excess adrenaline and release serotonin, making you feel happier. So, if you’re in a relationship, persuade your partner to indulge in some spontaneous bedroom action. It will release tension and leave you smiling!
6. Get some zzzzzzs
Often if we’re stressed we find it harder to sleep. This is because our minds work in overdrive and can become exhausted. Relieve insomnia by cutting back on caffeine, practise deep breathing, do more exercise during the day to reduce physical tension and avoid doing anything in your bed that doesn’t involve sleeping (or sex!), such as eating, talking on the phone or watching TV.