We all have them. Bad days, stressful days the days where you feel overwhelmed and everything piles up, leaving you frantically running around and forgetting to look after the most important thing. You. Here are a few things that work for me.
The Happy Not Perfect App was founded by Poppy Jamie in 2015, to help people with their stress and anxiety. It involves daily rituals such as meditations, guided breathing exercises, happiness goals, uplifting quotes and motivational videos. It is easily accessible for your morning commute or perfect for winding down after a long day.
2. Go for a walk
Getting out and away from your desktop frequently is incredibly important, especially now seeing as many of us are working from home. From a short walk to an adrenaline-rushing run, whatever gets your body moving so that you come back feeling rejuvenated.
3. Play Your Favourite Tunes
Sometimes all you need to do is a good playlist. I have a 'chill' playlist on Amazon Music that I know will always make me feel inspired and uplifted. Amazon Music is one of my favourite and by far most used apps on a daily basis. There are thousands of playlists adapted to your preferences, unlimited access to over 50 million songs, Ad-free listening and you can get the newest releases here as soon as they are available. You can also listen hands-free with the built-in Alexa! (Sign up for Amazon Music here)
4. Ditch Your Phone
Sit at your desk. Scroll through Instagram. Open your emails. Quickly check your Twitter feed. We all do it. But have you ever tried switching your phone off and placing it in another room? If it feels bizarre at first, go for one hour, without it, then 2 or 3. We don't need the pressures of glossy Instagram feeds when we are feeling at our worst.
Meditation is one of those things that I tend to put off doing. It is something that usually takes around 3-20 minutes but my excuse is normally 'Ughhh I can't be bothered!' So to help myself, I use the Lumosity Mind App. You can sign up to a plethora of courses which will definitely keep you motivated as you track your progress. Another meditation app I highly recommend is Headspace.
Ever heard of the saying 'Tidy room, Tidy Mind'? Well, it's true. Try setting a 20-minute timer and don't stop until it goes off! You will be amazed at how much you get done.
Personally, I am not a fan of yoga. I find it too slow and I get a bit fed up with it, to be honest. However, I tried Yoga with Kassandra's 30-day challenge on Youtube and I am now obsessed with her basic stretching exercises. It is the very first thing I do after waking up and it sets a positive tone for the day ahead. Other good Yoga Youtube channels to try are Boho Beautiful and Yoga with Adriene.
Spill out your thoughts into a notebook or onto the notes app on your phone. Write out everything that is on your mind to gain clarity and feel more restful.
9. Watch Something
Watch your favourite movie or TV Show without distractions, including your phone. Sit and tune-in properly. For something easy to watch I highly recommend Friends.
This one may seem a little peculiar but going on Pinterest for in Inspiration is great for alleviating stress. You can pin goals to boards to relight your vision towards your goals. It is really lovely and positive activity to do.
11. Calming Drink.
I love tea. From my Morning English Breakfast to my evening Peppermint tea. There is nothing a good old cuppa won't sort out! Green tea especially has many healthy benefits including brain functioning. If you are interested in trying new flavours or looking for a gift. Check out the Teapigs website if you haven't already.
12. Use a Calming Scent.
Sometimes it can be even harder to get to sleep in these warm British summer months, so why not try a relaxing scent that will have you dozing off in no time? The Deep Sleep Pillow Spray is my all-time favourite.
13. Stimulate the Brain.
When you are stressed and there are a thousand and one things running on your mind, try focusing on one task that stimulates the brain. Some ideas include a puzzle book, I am a major fan of word searches (sad right?) or you could read a book. Check out my post: 10 books I have read in 2020.
14. You've Got This.
If all else fails, take 3 deep breaths and smile. 'Life is tough but so are you' - anonymous.