Saturday, 25 July 2015

De-stressing and relaxation

First things first- it's been a while hasn't it? I'm finally hoping to get back into the swing of things with blogging, after having crazy-busy past few months with work that I had to get done. But I'm back, and I thought it would be very apt to talk about relaxation after my crazy time, with exams, coursework, dance shows, work, trips, early starts and more! Here are my top tips for relaxing and staying calm.

Tip #1: Spend at least 2 hours a day after working or school completely relaxing. Sit down and watch TV, give yourself a manicure, look around on Pinterest, or shop online.  If you really do like to get out, go and do your favourite hobby- I love ice skating. Preferably, you want more time than this, but when things get busy, the most you can do is promise yourself this. Reading before bed is a really good way to relax as well!


Tip #2: Put on some music. I love listening to music. I listen to it on the bus, in the car, whilst I get ready in the morning and even when I go to sleep. The best music to de-stress you is your all-time favourite artist or band- their latest tracks or greatest hits album can be great to listen to when you want to chill. Even if your cooking dinner or cleaning, pop on some music and have a sing or a dance. 


Tip #3: Try to always get a good night's sleep. Have a bedtime and stick to it. Earlier is usually better, as it means you can wake up earlier- sleeping in may seem nice at the time, but it often wastes half the day and can make you feel sluggish. Plus you won't be able to sleep until much later the next night. Getting an early night can really improve your skin and well-being too, and you will feel more refreshed.


Tip #4: Get out the house. Depending on your mood, opt for a fun day shopping, or a quiet country walk with a friend or the dog, or even alone. I love going out for walks with my dog, and I find it really clears my head.


Tip #5: Chat to a friend. A phone call or coffee meet-up goes a long way and a laugh with your best mate will really lift your mood. I almost always feel my best after my friend makes me laugh!

Tip #6: Sort out anything on your mind. Get those little jobs done. Do that piece of homework. But don't spend all day stressing over it. It's better to spend an hour a day for a week sorting something out than to spend 7 hours in one day building up stress as you panic over something that hasn't been done.


Tip #7: Drink caffeine-free herbal tea. I like chamomile tea and I drink it every night. It helps me sleep (I talk in my sleep and 'act out my dreams', and if I drink these it really makes a difference), and it feels calming and kind of refreshing in a way. Find a tea you like and see how it makes a difference. One with no caffeine will really help as it won't make your heart beat faster or keep you awake at night.


Tip #8: Eat healthily- but don't go on some crazy diet and worry about weight loss. Treat yourself. Don't eat healthily for your weight, eat healthily for how it makes your body feel and how it makes you feel brighter and awake and not tired all the time. That said, a treat a day is fine in my opinion. I follow the general rule 'Everything in moderation' and I think a small treat a day has no harm, and if you want to have days where you pig out on crisps, chocolate and cake, go for it- just don't do it all the time.


Tip #9: Go shopping and really treat yourself. Set yourself a reasonable budget, and stick to it, but make it high enough that you can really treat yourself to those MAC products or that designer handbag. I do this twice a year. Once after my birthday, where I receive some money- I usually spend around £150, and once when I go and see my Aunty who lives near lots of big department stores- with lots of designer makeup! I allow myself between £200-£250 here, as I save most of my money for this time and really treat myself, as the department stores near me don't stock as much.


Tip #10: Do have 'make-up free' days. Let your skin breathe. Pull your hair up in a messy bun. Stay in your onesie. Watch films and just chill. It will keep you sane and help you stop stressing about the small things so much. Relax and have fun.


My friend has a really nice book as well, and I am planning on getting it soon, called Calm, available in WH Smiths, Waterstones, Urban Outfitters, on Amazon and more. It gives lots more tips on staying calm, and also has fill in pages for when you're feeling a bit negative or stressed.

I hope you've enjoyed this post! Let me know in the comments your top tips on staying calm!

~all photos from my Instagram or Twitter- sorry about bad quality~