As you get older, life becomes busier and you can sometimes find yourself overwhelmed and stressed. No matter how little free time you have, it is always important make time to take care of yourself. Here are ten ways that you can practise self-care:
Sometimes, you say ‘yes’ to many things because you don’t want to disappoint people. But it is important to think about yourself. If you know that doing a particular task will cause you to stress out, say ‘no’ and focus on your well-being. Stress is not good for anyone!
Take some time to focus on your breathing. Inhale and exhale slowly! This is a great way to relax your body and mind.
There is nothing better than going out in nature and just taking the time to relax and think. Also, going for walks can help refresh your mind and leave you feeling energised.
You may have heard that you need to drink up to eight glasses of water a day to stay well hydrated, but the majority don’t even drink half of that amount. Drinking water keeps you hydrated and you are less likely to stress out when you drink more.
We all have that one book that we can’t forget because of how amazing it was! Who said you can’t experience how amazing it was again? Re-read your favourite book and bask in the experience. According to studies, nostalgia creates physiological comfort and a reduction in stress.
Studies have already shown that staying up in bed with your phone is bad. Having it buzz at 1am due to an email or text message is just as dangerous as it interrupts your sleeping routine. So, put your phone on snooze after 9pm and give yourself the prized possession of a good night’s sleep!
There is no better way to de-stress than by calling your best/a close friend and talking about your thoughts and feelings. Even if you feel that you don’t have much to say, something will come up.
One of the reasons why you may feel stressed may be the fact that you are doing the same things in the same places, all the time. Shake things up a little bit! Maybe take a weekend trip or take a different route to work. All of these things make a difference and they will make you feel a lot better!
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Even Kate Middleton has admitted to being a fan of colouring books and psychiatrists have been assigning them to patients for years, stating that colouring is good for reducing stress and anxiety. So, get your colouring pencils out!
Why don’t you try one of these self-care tips and see how they help you! As well as trying these tips, give our Friday meetings a try so that you can receive further support on how to combat stress and anxiety. With advisers on hand to help and give free practical advice, these Friday meetings (hyperlink to timetable) will be very beneficial for you! If you would like more information, please call our 24-hr helpline on 020 7686 6000.