Sometimes life can get a little heavy. It can almost feel repetitive, living every day with the same routine and suddenly things can start to become a little too much. Some escapism is exactly what is needed, a reminder that you have something to look forward to or a break away from the stresses life can create for us.
Most of the time, we can all admit it's usually down to over-thinking, worrying and feeling like you're losing control. But have no fear - you've got this.
Take a step outside
It can be easy to curl up in bed and hide away from the world but going outside has so many benefits. Even if you step out for ten minutes, it's a simple way to clear your mind, get your heart beating and breathe in that fresh air. It's this gentle exercise that can instantly boost your mood.
Stretch and yoga it up
Everyone knows that yoga is a great way to be mindful, release any tension and care for you mind and body. A simple ten minutes can make you feel so much better. You've probably heard me harping on about it before; but Yoga With Adriene is my go-to place for a whole range of yoga videos - ranging from ten minutes to a whole hour.
Take a moment to be mindful
As you need to be with yoga, being mindful is definitely one way of decreasing stress levels. Be present in the moment, focus on your breathing and take some time to appreciate everything and everyone around you. These little reminders can crease such a huge impact, and leave us feeling a lot more sure of ourselves - the panic will soon slide away.
Pop a date in your diary and look forward to it
Book a holiday, a few days away or even a meal with someone you love. These little adventures, meetings or moments take you away from your everyday routine and they're going to make you feel so much better. Your motivation always increases with something new on the horizon.
Add to your plant fam
Buy another addition to your cacti family or a new potted friend which isn't going to prick you on the bottom. Research shows that plants actually make you feel more relaxed and calm. It's also a great mood booster, releasing oxygen into the air and making your home a much more natural and tranquil place to be. And they look super cute.
Feel all berry
There are plenty of foods to help you de-stress. Berries are high in vitamin C meaning snacking on these babies will make you feel a lot more calm. Nuts such as walnuts are also a great stress reliever, containing omega 3 fatty acids - proven to lower stress hormones. Try sprinkling them on yoghurt, and throw those berries into the mix.
Create a playlist
Spotify's 'Chill' playlist is the perfect playlist to lie back an listen to acoustic songs in an evening. I've been saving my favourites along the way, reminiscing on forgotten songs and falling in love with new ones. I'll be sharing this very soon in a playlist. It's the perfect way to relax before heading to bed - a distraction like no other.
H2O and hit the hay
Drink water. You're certainly going to be feeling stressed if you're body is lacking water, re-fuelling is so important. Also, get into bed at a reasonable time - you're only going to stress more if it strikes midnight and you've got to be up at 6am.
Pick up the phone and get chatting
Talking to someone and getting your worries spread across the table can make all of the difference. Not only can your friend support you, they can tell you there's no need to worry. And let's be honest, that's all we want to hear when life gets a bit too much. Don't worry, be happy.
Grab a pencil
Write. Doodle. Colour. Knit. Cross-stitch. What-ever floats your boat, just get creative and do what you love to do. Write down your feelings, 30 minutes later scrunch it up in a ball. Grab your colouring book and create the finest piece of art yet. Knit a hat and cross-stitch your favourite motivational quote.
You've got this.