Friday, 29 January 2016

Five Simple Ways To De-Stress

January can be a stressful month, with post-Christmas penny-pinching, cold weather and short, dark days. Luckily, we're finally coming to the end and we can hopefully shake those January Blues. Stress can impact badly on our health, but it's also terrible for skin too. In fact, stress has been linked to rashes, hives, eczema, acne and atopic dermatitis, which, of course, will only heighten any ongoing stresses. It can be easier said than done, but there are ways to help de-stress. When you get home from work tonight, take the time to try these tips to kick start a stress-free weekend.Meditate and breatheIt may seems strange when you first give it a try, but meditation really can make a big difference. It stimulates muscles, controls breathing and leaves your feeling relaxed; all techniques that help you to escape from life's stresses. Even if it's just 10 minutes here and there, it's worth taking the time out for yourself.Switch off the screenAlthough it may seem relaxing to lounge out with your iPad or glued to your laptop for another Netflix marathon, it has been proven that uninterrupted computer use can interrupt sleep, trigger stress and even depression. Try to take some time out of your day to turn off your devices and have some screen free time. Take a walk, read a book, anything to help you tune out from everyday stresses.Pop the kettle onNot for your usual caffeinated tea or coffee “ swap it for a herbal tea. Blends such as chamomile have calming and soothing effects, so perfect to help you finally get a good night's sleep.Get a plantThey don't just make the place look nice, scientists have actually found that just being around plants can help to calm you down. Washington State University conducted a study that found that blood pressure dropped by 4 points when people entered a room filled with plants.Treat yourselfNo matter how busy your schedule, always be sure to have some 'you' time. Do something that makes you feel good. A face mask or adding some oil to a bath can leave you feeling pampered and tranquil.These simple steps don't take much but can leave you feeling much calmer and stress-free. Give them a try and see the benefits instantly!Written for you by: Ellie, Face the Future

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