I won’t lie – the past couple of months have been one long nightmare. I’ll be posting more about my kitchen and bathroom redesign saga at the weekend but needless to say things have been pretty stressful.
We’ve all been there though; the to-do list is never-ending, you’re falling behind at work and the car has just packed in. Daily stresses and strains are a normal part of life, but if left to build up, they can begin to take a toll on your physical and mental health. Taking just a few hours, or even minutes, out of your day to relax is a great way to release pent up tension and soothe aches and pains. If you’re feeling pressure from work or at home, here’s a few quick tips to take the sting out of the stress:
Having a supportive, comfortable bed and mattress can be the difference between waking in the morning feeling frustrated and tense or well-rested and ready to tackle the day ahead. For pregnant women or people with health complaints, finding a comfortable sleeping position can be difficult, so it’s important to make the necessary arrangements to get that all-important shut eye. Leading furniture specialists like Adjustable Beds offer a variety of high quality mobility beds that promote a peaceful night’s rest and offer relief from a variety of health conditions. Whether you’re having a quick power nap or falling into a deep sleep, a high quality bed that supports your preferred sleeping position is one of the most effective ways to improve your overall health and well being. I also have a fab Theraline pillow which is a lifesaver for any pregnant woman!
Sit back and relax
Sometimes, it’s the small things in life that can make all the difference. After a busy day, there’s nothing quite like sitting down with a hot cup of tea in the comfort of your home. Sparing just a few minutes to take the weight off your feet and clear your mind of all thoughts is one of the quickest routes to relaxation and will leave you feeling refreshed. Add a soothing cup of camomile tea and you’ve got yourself the perfect de-stress antidote. Resisting the urge to turn on the TV, forgoing Facebook and turning off your phone for an hour a day is also one of the best ways to help you feel more balanced.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed by anxiety, some physical activity may be just what you need. And you don’t have to run a marathon to feel the benefits of exercise. Whether you’re going for a jog, walking the dog or practising yoga in the living room, you’ll be surprised at how well-centred you feel after a workout. I tried pregnancy yoga at the weekend and I’ll be posting more about that next week but it’s amazing the difference it can make! No matter how gentle or intense the exercise, raising your heartbeat is a well-known way to get those feel-good hormones flowing around your body.
Find what works for you
If you’re feeling down or a little frazzled like I have been recently, try to find home remedies that reflect your interests. If you can feel the tension building, listening to calming music or playing your favorite song is a fantastic way to transform your mood and help you unwind. It is well documented that the effects of music therapy can lower anxiety levels and lift your spirits. Alternatively, try reading a book or a magazine, or you may even find cleaning or rearranging furniture to be therapeutic.
Turn your home into a spa
Rather than spending a fortune on a day at the spa, there are plenty of ways to restore tranquility into your life at home. Try having a hot bubble bath with aromatherapy candles, relax with a face mask or give yourself a pedicure. When life starts to get hectic, it’s important to take a step back and enjoy some quality me-time.
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