How to relax:
Try it TODAY!:
1. Only got a few minutes to de-stress? Try some deep breathing. You can do it anywhere and a little like the ‘being mindful’ step, it just takes you out of the situation for a few minutes and allows you to re-focus. Start by rolling your shoulders back and down and having a little stretch (this will work wonders for your posture too!), then breathe in deeply through your nose for a count of about 5 seconds, then exhale slowly through your mouth. As you do so, imagine you are releasing all tension and stress. Feel your body relax.
2. Take a walk outside – see if you can find a garden or park somewhere and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature.
3. Carry a book around with you and, when it all gets too much, disappear into a different world for a few chapters.
4. Find it hard to unwind at the end of the day? Switch off all your electronic devices, have a bath (just not too hot as this increases blood pressure) and light a few candles…a bit cliched, but it does work! Plus, when you go to bed, make sure your room is completely dark and quiet. A good bedtime routine will train your body to know it is time to sleep.