3 Easy Ways to De-Stress Your Mind and Body

Long day? Can't seem to shake off all the pressure and expectations from work? Maybe you've been running errands all day, picking up the kids and rushing to make dinner for the family. Life can get pretty stressful sometimes so it's important to step back and learn to de-stress.

Here are 3 easy ways to de-stress your mind and body. You can click the photos to shop the items.

1. Do some stretches and exercises

Your body can get tense, especially if you've been hunched over staring at a screen or fully immersed in your work. Take a few minutes to stand up and stretch. If you have time, you can also go for a 10-20 minute run (or walk, if you're a self-confessed sloth). Any physical activity can help to alleviate tension and boost your endorphines. This will help reduce stress hormones so that you can get back to your work with a clear mind.

Handmade Thai Yoga Mat Bag, by ames-crafts

Schedule a time in your day for regular exercise. If you can, sparing ten minutes in the morning before you head off to work to do some simple stretches or yoga can put you in the right mindset for the day ahead. Invest in a quality yoga mat so that you'll look forward to your new morning exercise ritual.

Lycra Workout Headband, by ames-crafts

You don't need to head out to the shops and buy expensive exercise gear in order to exercise. Just put on an old tee, squeeze into your stretchiest leggings, pull your hair back with a headband and you're ready to go. Don't forget to bring a water bottle with you!

2. Get out your art supplies

Art soothes the soul. There's no doubt about it. A lot of people these days switch off from work by watching TV or scrolling through their Facebook feed. You don't need to be over-stimulated with more information. Instead of being fed entertainment, create your own! You don't even have to be 'good' at art, you just have to do it.

Handmade Linen-Stretched Canvas 20x30, by ArtMiracleStudio

If you don't mind getting a little messy, why not try painting? Pick up a few brushes, cheap paint, an art book (or canvas if you want to be a little bolder) and get creative. Who knows, maybe there's an artist in you waiting to be unleashed. If not, at least you've destressed!

Cashmere Lace Yarn, by Diamond Fibers Yarn

It's said that repetitive motions can help to sooth anxiety. Activities that allow you to use fine motor skills like jewelry making, cross-stitching and knitting are great for mindfulness and help to put you back in the here-and-now. So the next time you're thinking of going out to buy a new scarf, why not make your own? You won't have to stress over parking and you'll pick up a new skill.

3. Take some time out for yourself!

We're always so caught up doing things for other people that we often forget to take care of ourselves. You deserve some time out. At the end of the day when you put the kids to bed or you've finished up making magic in the office, take half an hour to settle down. Make some tea, light a candle, take a bath, read your guilty-pleasure book or watch the latest episode of The Bachelor. Do what you want!

Large Lava Stone Essential Oil Diffuser Keychain, by LunaLux

Aromatherapy is great if you need a little help to destress. You can get an oil diffuser or you can get one that's a little more transportable for those of you who are always on the go. LunaLux sells handy keychain oil diffusers so you'll always be fragrant wherever you go. For those who need to destress, try essential oils that have lavender, rose, ylang ylang, chamomile or frankincense.

Luxury Bath Tea Gift Set, by emilyshandmadesoaps

When's the last time you really enjoyed a good soak in the bathtub? Adding bath salts can enhance your bathing experience twofold. Again, choose bath salts that have helpful essential oils or blends that can help alleviate your stress. Light a few lavender-scented candles, put on some relaxing music and feel the weight leave your body.


BONUS TIP: Heard of mindfulness? Practicing mindfulness can be a great way to destress in the moment, wherever you are. It helps to clear your head, slow down your thoughts and be aware of yourself.

You can practice mindfulness by focusing on your breathing. Take note of your senses – what you can feel, smell, taste or see. If you find your mind taking you to thoughts of the past, future or something that you should be doing, acknowledge these thoughts briefly and reel your mind back to your present environment.

It's hard at first, but that's why it's called 'practicing' mindfulness!

What do you do to help alleviate feelings of stress and anxiety? Do you have a ritual or practice any of the techniques mentioned above? Let us know in the comments!

Happy de-stressing! 🌿
Leonie xo.

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