Thursday, 2 April 2015

5 Ways to Cope With Stress

Hello My Loves

I feel like this is a very relevant post to everyone, its not just about people that are interested in fitness or fashion, because everybody experiences stress at some point in their lives. 

We all have days, weeks or for some people, even months where negativity and all the anxiety that goes with it, can seem to eat away at our very core. Sometimes, all it can take is one problem at work or a fight with your partner to trigger a lot of negative thoughts.  We can feel stress in our bodies through headaches, panic attacks, increased heart rate and so forth.

I recently listened to a great Ted talk about stress.  According to the speaker, stress is not the huge negative it is thought to be and it's more our attitude to when we get stressed, rather than the stress itself that dictates how negative an effect it has on our body. That in fact, in certain situations like with presentations for example, we need the extra adrenalin boost in our bodies that stress can bring us, to power us through. 

I am prone to anxiety. Around once a month, the hormonal changes in my body seem to spark something and I can have a day of anxiety. For anyone that doesn't know what anxiety feels like, for me, its like an overwhelming sense of dread. Like that feeling when you leave the house to go away for a night and think to yourself  'I think I left the oven on' or 'I think I left my hair straighteners on'. Suddenly you are imaging your house burning down and all terrible things happening. Anxiety for me, is like that feeling of dread, something terrible is going to happen, but I'm never sure what exactly it is. 

When I lived in London my anxiety got worse.  With all the hustle and bustle of the city, the bully of a boss I had, always broke, doing the tube at rush hour and so forth, my stress levels rose steadily. 
I am not a medication type of person. It does work very successfully for some people and thats great for them. But I wouldn't even take an aspirin for a headache. 

So I found some great ways that worked for me to deal with stress and hopefully one or more might work for you!

1. Have a Bath
I make a whole experience out of having a bath when I am stressed. I light beautifully fragranced candles. Yes, I mean to say, light the 'good' candles, this is the exact time you need them to be lit!  I put on music, something like Bon Iver or Bonobo to really sooth the soul. I add in a Lush bath bomb or bubble bar, something with lavender normally does the trick. I turn off the lights and I jump in. I find this to be a HUGE stress reliever for me. I usually walk out of that bathroom a lighter person!

2. Talk to Someone
'A problem shared is a problem halved'. This old saying is very true for me. Speak to your mother, or best friend or partner. Tell them whats going on. Rant and rave at them. Curse if you need to. Spill it out all out. Sometimes you don't even need advice. You just need someone to listen. I always feel so much better after having a good rant to my mother or BFF. 

3. Exercise
Now, not everyone feels like exercising when they are feeling like crap, but it really does drastically improve your mood. Those endorphin's are released and you can get your aggression out on whatever form of exercise you choose. I like running and lifting weights, so I pop in some headphones and off I go!

4. Gratitude
I am a HUGE gratitude fan. The times I need it most are the times I feel like absolute crap! I write things I am grateful for in my phone or in a journal.  I list things I am grateful for like my health, my loved ones health, my lovely husband etc. It instantly makes me feel blessed for all the great things in my life. 

5. Be Kind to Yourself
Treat yourself nicely. If you want to have a hot choc, have it. If you want to buy a new pair of shoes then do. Be nice to yourself. Treat yourself like you would treat your best friend if they were going through a stressful time. Be lovely to yourself. 

What are your biggest stress relievers?

Love, Mini 


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