I feel this year has been especially tough on my stress levels. There are just so many changes that have happened and all in a short space of time. Some have been good and some have been bad, overall I feel these changes will direct me on the right path for a better future.
One of the biggest changes has been leaving London, a city that has given me everything and where most of my support system is.
Starting over in a new city where you don’t want to be is pretty tough but I feel this has made me stronger as a person.
During this period I have also started paying close attention to my mental health and making sure that I take time out to relax and appreciate what I have. Its so easy to get lost in your sorrows and start moaning or complaining about everything (I’m majorly guilty of this).
Here are just a few of the things I do to help myself relax, unwind and be generally zen:
This has been my saving grace, it has helped me to concentrate on my breathing. Gain strength in my posture and above all I feel completely at ease. I usually watch a yoga video on YouTube and follow as much as I can. I also now do Hot Pod Yoga on Sundays perfect way to end the weekend and kick off the week.
For me Sundays are reserved for face masks, manicure, pedicure, blow-dry and basically anything else that will help you just feel good. I also find that when I paint my nails it makes me feel relaxed as I am concentrating on that moment rather than thinking about other things.
This is a new one for me but was recommended by my sister who is a psychologist. At the end of every night I write down things that I am thankful for (for that day) and then when I have a really bad day I read back on it. Its crazy how we forget about all the good things and focus on bad things and what we don’t have. Remember people comparison is the killer of joy.
I subscribed to Spotify this year and have to say it has really helped my work commute. I put on a playlist and just listen and bop along. Scientifically music is proven to reduce stress and increase happy hormones in your body.
Movies, TV series
I have started watching old feel good TV shows such as Friends, Fraser and Will & Grace. I also have been watching movies like Jurassic Park, Finding Nemo etc that are all guaranteed to help my witch off ans relax. I have to say TV shows and movies are so great to just get lost in for an hour or so. You must try it.
Throughout this year I have turned to these as my solutions to help cope with anxiety and stress and yes they have helped. However, I would say that each person is different and do what works best for you. Just remember to be kind to yourself and love yourself.
How do you cope with stress?