Over the years, I’ve learnt a few tips that work for me and have been trialling a few products that help me to relax whether I’m at my desk at work, or at home after a long day.
2. Take some deep breaths – Breath in and out, slowly and deeply for a few minutes. I'm not one for meditation, but there are some excellent meditative breathing exercises that you can do (even at your desk) to help reduce tension and calm the mind. Also, adding a few drops of Frankincense oil to a tissue and inhaling gently can really help - Aromatherapy Associates founder Geraldine swears by this little bottle of essential oil* (£25)!
3. Make a list – sometimes writing down what’s stressing you out can really help. Making to do lists helps me to feel more organised, and less overwhelmed as I can see what tasks I need to complete and can then prioritise them. It also gives me a good excuse to buy a nice notepad as a treat...
4. Have a bath – as someone that’s really a shower person, a bath is a luxury treat for me. I tend to save for for when I feel really stressed and need some ‘me’ time or if I’m feeling a bit under the weather. This De-Stress Mind bath and shower oil* from Aromatherapy Associates (£39) is amazing as it really helps promote a calmer mind and relaxation – perfect for before bed.
5. Talk to someone – if you’re stressed about work, speak to your boss and explain why – they might be able to help. Talk to your partner, or a friend who will make you laugh – ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’ is a massive cliché, but it really helps to talk sometimes, even if it’s just to have a chat and get stuff off your chest. I’ve had numerous What’s App rants at close friends, and always feel better for them, even if I’m not able to speak with them in person.
I also like to use Elemis' Quiet Mind Temple Balm* (£16). This is small enough to keep in my handbag, and I can apply to my temples at my desk without looking too obvious. The scent is really calming and will help you de-stress without putting you to sleep!
What do you use to help you de-stress?