Feeling tense? Racing heart? Sweating? You sound stressed. Returning to the real world after months safe at home sounds great in theory but can feel really overwhelming. We’ve all learnt to accept a slower pace of life these past few months and it’s important to keep that same energy when life gets hectic again. Apply the things that kept you chill during lockdown to any stressful situation. From calling a friend to tried and tested deep breathing, remember what works and you’ll destress in no time. These are the stress relivers that work for us, why not give them a go?

Pause and just breathe. When you’re stressed it can feel impossible to take 5 minutes for yourself but it’s so important that you do. If you feel yourself getting overwhelmed, take some time to close your eyes and focus on your breathing. Deep breathing is proven to relieve stress so allow yourself to breathe in and out until your heart rate slows down and your mind feels grounded.

Being able to self soothe is the biggest destress hack out there. Get in touch with your body and notice what calms you down when life gets intense. Self-care can be transformative and knowing what works for you is key to tacking stressful situations. So, if you’ve had a stressful day, run yourself a bath, pamper with a face mask, pour yourself a glass of wine and switch your phone off. Guaranteed zen in no time!

If your brain is constantly racing take a break and distract yourself with something new. Forget your worries by getting absorbed in a podcast, reading a chapter of a feel good book or listening to music. Distract your mind with fun and we promise your body will thank you for it. You’ll return to whatever caused you stress refreshed and with a new chilled perspective.

Stress usually manifests when we feel overwhelmed with too many feelings, thoughts or tasks we ‘have’ to get done. Our brains go into overdrive thinking about what could happen or what we should be doing rather than focusing on the present. Forget worrying about the future, take life day by day and that ‘what if’ in your brain will slowly quieten. Worrying can become more intense when our sleep routine isn’t consistent. Get a dreamy night’s sleep on us and watch your stress disappear!

Never underestimate the power of connection. Talking your problems through always feels better than bottling them up. If you start to feel overwhelmed, hit up the group chat for help or call someone you trust for a different perspective. We invite friends over for dinner when we need to destress because nothing beats that connection. Sometimes all it takes is seeing our problems through a fresh pair of eyes to realise we’re more than capable to tackle them.

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