My Top 5 Ways to Prevent and De-Stress |HEALTH|

No one likes being stressed, and we especially don’t like the side effects stress brings along! We need to look after ourselves to make sure our bodies and minds can cope with what life brings us. So here’s my top 5 ways to de-stress so you can have yourself a perfect Christmas!

1) PLAN AHEAD

Got a party coming up and need a new outfit? Got exams along the way that you need to study for? Whatever the D-day is, it’s always best to prepare for it early. Make a list of things you need to do for the big day and stick the list somewhere you’ll always see it so you can’t ‘accidentally forget’. If you need your hair or makeup doing for an occasion, book it in advance to avoid disaster. If you have an essay due on a certain date, make the time to do it weeks before. Planning ahead saves those dramatic last minute disasters that cause bad decisions.

2) PAMPER DAY

Nothing beats a good pamper session, whether you do it at home or go to a spa. There are many ways to relax during a pamper day, such as bubble baths, massages, getting your hair and nails done as a treat. Having some relaxing scents around you during the process helps set the relaxing mood – try aloe vera or patchouli, or a scent you know relaxes you. Spend a good hour or two at least unwinding. There’s always time to squeeze in a relaxation session in even the most hectic of schedules, after work before you go to sleep, before you go out on the town, there’s no excuse for skipping a pamper day. Allowing your body to unwind regularly helps release building tensions that trouble you and keeps us from reaching that boiling point.

3) WEEKEND AWAY

A spontaneous trip away is a good way to take your mind off your troubles. It can be a night away, a weekend trip or an overseas holiday – the change of surroundings is sure to do your body and mind some good. Many last minute holidays are cheap if you know what you’re looking for, and travelling to a national city for a day or two is just as good as a jet-bound getaway.

4) READ A BOOK/WATCH A SERIES OR FILM

Escaping into a fantasy world is a perfect way to take your mind off anything that stresses you out. If you opt for a new topic you’ll be more likely to concentrate on what’s on the screen or page than what’s been troubling you; don’t pick something you’ve already watched recently as your mind won’t focus as easily on the subject. A lengthy series will keep you hooked for longer, taking your mind off what’s troubling you for longer.

5) BE CRAFTY (THE ART KIND)

Always wanted to learn how to knit or make candles? Now’s the time to do it! Pick an easy craft first as it’s less likely to add fuel into the fire and stress you out even more. Taking the time to learn a new craft will focus your mind and is also highly rewarding. There are many options for a new craft to learn, soap making, knitting, sewing, woodwork, baking, the list is almost endless! The results can also be used as holiday gifts, a thoughtful and creative substitute for an expensive shop gift, plus you won’t be frustrated with holiday shopping.

How do you cope with stress? How do you prevent yourself from becoming stressed? Feel free to comment below and let us know what you do to relieve yourself of stress. Stay sweet x

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