April is Stress Awareness Month and there’s no beating around the bush, this last year has been one of the most stressful most of us have ever experienced.
Managing stress isn’t always straightforward and sometimes recognising stress isn’t easy.
So you lovelies can release some stress and get your chill on, we’re going through our 4 favourite ways to unwind.
Turn Off Your Notifications
If the thought of receiving no calls, texts or notifications sounds like a blissful holiday away from your phone, it sounds like you need to turn off your notifications.
Turning your phone on airplane mode and disabling the notifications you don’t need to be seeing on the regular can dramatically reduce your anxiety.
It will take some time to get used to but setting this boundary will give you time to focus on what you need to do, whether that’s work, chill or play, and give you control over when you want to check your phone - not the other way around.
Listen to Soothing Audio
This one is really open ended, but when you want to escape without looking at a screen or reading a book, listening to a podcast, guided meditation or your favourite playlist can help you unwind and relax.
And don’t feel the pressure to be doing something work related or “productive” whilst you listen! If you find you’re in a creative rut, having this time for your brain to do it’s thing will help get creative juices flowing and process thoughts and feelings.
If you want, you could even grab a notebook and pen and write down your thoughts, feelings and ideas. PS, this is productive. Taking care of yourself and your mental health is productive. Remember that!
Take Yourself on a Date
With the restrictions lifting, you may be feeling more inclined to go out. But if you’re not ready to meet up with someone, why not take yourself out on a date!
Spending time outside is a great way to feel good, reduce stress and reconnect with nature.
Make yourself a picnic and take your favourite book, or even a colouring book if you want to get artsy! Or maybe head down to the beach, feel the sand between your tootsies and skim some stones.
And if you’re not quite ready to head outside the comfort of your own home, set yourself up a nice afternoon in your garden with your favourite drink, a comfy blanket and some snacks.
Spend Time with Nature
Keeping with the nature theme, getting your hands dirty and caring for plants is a wonderful way to relax and practise mindfulness.
Consider cleaning your house plants’ leaves, repotting them or tending to them. If you’re anything like me, even have a little chat with them and tell them how beautiful they are and thank them for existing!
And if you have a garden, now is a great time to sow some seeds and get your hands in the dirt. Making your outdoors space beautiful and alive can bring so much joy and peace and you’ll reap the rewards for the entire summer.
Remember to be Mindful of your Needs
With so many changes happening, it’s important you listen to your body and mind. Don’t feel pressured to go out, to say yes or to be anything that isn’t authentically yourself.
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