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icon_butterfly 6 Top Tips for de-stressing

Wind down, relax, and get a good sleep, by Megan McCafferty

6 Top Tips for de-stressing

There’s nothing worse than coming home from a crazy busy day and not being able to shake off the stress. All day long you’ve been imagining falling into bed and going straight to sleep, but when the time comes you just can’t shut your mind off. Maybe you’re going over everything that went wrong during the day, or everything that could go wrong tomorrow. You’re stressing about making ends meet, a relative visiting, a sick neighbour, or your teenage daughter’s new beau. No matter how big or small the issue you just can’t get it out of your mind.

In these situations it’s important to step back and focus on you, and to make things a little easier we’ve laid out a few simple tips which should help you get the beauty sleep you deserve:

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1. Set the atmosphere for the evening.

Dimming the lights will help your body know that it’s time to wind down. Light some candles and play some soothing music - maybe a little Kodaline, The Coronas or Hozier to support Irish artists. ;-)

 

2. Step away from the phone

By looking at a screen you’re undoing all the good work you did by setting the atmosphere. The bright lights from a phone or tablet simulate your eyes, waking you up as opposed to winding you down.

If you’re the type of person who can’t step away completely that’s okay! Some experts say that a little bit of TV before bed is not necessarily a bad thing, as long as it’s not too stressful or stimulating. Try watching comedies you’ve seen and loved before, like Friends, Father Ted, or Fawlty Towers. Do step away from the social media though. All those posts will still be there tomorrow to check on your lunch break!

 

3. Have a cuppa!

Be it Barry’s, Lyons or a fancy berry mix, a warm drink will help soothe and relax the body. Just make sure it’s Decaf! I would recommend chamomile tea, but if that’s not to your taste give peppermint tea a go.

Not only are calming teas good for relaxation, they are also fantastic for  improving digestion, reducing pain, eliminating inflammation, curing bad breath, aiding in weight loss and boosting the immune system.

 

4. Pamper yourself

A hot shower or bath are great ways of relieving stress. Just imagine all your worries melting into the mist and steam around you. Why not try a face mask? Garnier have an amazing moisturising sheet mask at the moment called the ‘Moisture bomb tissue mask’ which is designed to intensely re-hydrate the skin for up to a week, reduce the look of fine lines, and revive radiance. Tried and tested by yours truly, I can safely say it works a treat, and at only €1.39 for a limited time in boots, what’s there to lose?

 
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5. Make your bedroom a sanctuary.

To encourage sticking to a routine, it's essential to have a bed that feels inviting. Soft pillows, warm blankets, and a serene colour scheme in your bedroom are well worth the investment. Strapped for cash? Why not try Penneys! They have some amazing homeware pieces at the moment to cosy up your bedroom. Scent diffusers will also enhance the relaxing atmosphere you created earlier. Avoid candles if you can. They may be pretty but you should not have them lit in your bedroom for safety reasons. And remember, it’s hard to de-clutter your brain when your bedroom is messy and disorganised. All in all, your place of sleep should feel like an oasis.

 

6. Practice your breathing

Simple restorative yoga poses and light stretching will help your body wind down from the day. Once you’re all tucked into bed an amazingly simple way to help you fall asleep is to focus on your breathing. “Simply take 10 minutes to sit still and breathe.” says M.J. Ryan, one of the creators of The New York Times bestselling Random Acts of Kindness series and the author of The Happiness Makeover. "The practice is really easy: All you do is notice your breath, and every time you are aware your mind went elsewhere, bring it back to your breath. When 10 minutes is up, stop. That's all it takes."

 
Hopefully by this stage of the article you are already well relaxed and asleep! If you’re not and you’re interested in learning more ways to relax, head into the health and wellbeing tab at the top right hand of your screen where you will find information on massage, aromatherapy and meditation, and providers near you.


Sweet Dreams!
-Megan

 

 

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