It's easy to feel bogged down by the hustle and bustle of daily life, and it doesn't take a lot for your stress levels to start to rise. While we can all deal with some stress on a day to day basis, too much tension can actually be incredibly bad for you.
Not only does a lot of stress make your mind feel that too much is going on, it can also start to affect your health. Stress can mean lack of sleep, fatigue, headaches, muscle pain and changes in your behaviour, all of which are negative.
This is why it is important to ensure you have ample time to relax and that you take steps to help alleviate some of your stress. Not only will this leave you in a better position to cope with the causes of your tension, it will also reduce the impact on your health.
Here are some great things you can do to help you feel more relaxed:
Leave work at the office
One of the main causes of stress in people's lives is work. No matter what type of job you have, the chances are you encounter people or situations that leave you feeling tense and tired.
This would be easier to deal with if we were all able to just go home at the end of the day and chill out, but too many of us bring our work home. Doing this means that you bring the stress of work life into the time when you should be able to put your feet up, so you're never able to fully disengage.
Even if you have to do some work in the evenings, you should make sure that you have a cut off time so that after this anything from the office gets put away and you focus on being at home.
Keep your home tidy
This is definitely easier said than done, but keeping your home free of clutter can help your mind stay more relaxed. You don't need to make sure everything is totally spotless all the time, but keeping any daily mess contained can help keep your home feeling less cluttered.
Have a clear out to get rid of anything you don't need and ensure that everything has its own space, even if this means having a drawer at the ready for random bits and bobs.
If you can't keep your whole house tidy all the time, keep the focus on your bedroom and the room you spend most of your time in in the evening. This will ensure your mind can relax before bed and when you're trying to sleep.
You can even add a relaxing fragrance to these rooms to help keep the atmosphere calming. Our Lavender Reed Diffuser could be the perfect touch to keep you feeling relaxed and encourage a good night's sleep.
Light some candles
Did you know that candlelight can help you relax? It isn't just candles' fragrances that help you unwind when you light them, the soft light they give off has a number of benefits - which you can read about here - that help you to unwind and better deal with stress.
While the evenings may be longer at the moment so you don't need to turn your lights on as early as you would have to in the winter, you can still add some candles to your room. Light them an hour or two before bed and you'll find that you sleep better and that your mind and body feel less tense.
Something like our Neroli and Rose Candle could be the perfect choice, as it has a lovely soothing scent to accompany the relaxing candlelight.
Run a bath
The ultimate cure for a really stressful day has to be a bath. Soaking in hot water and letting your troubles drift away will leave you better able to deal with any challenges coming your way.
Baths lower your blood pressure, relax muscles and promote a better sleep, so you'll be able to experience lots of benefits from even half an hour in the tub. If you don't think baths are the ideal choice for summer, we've got some great tips on how to enjoy a soak during the warmer months here.
You can make baths even more relaxing, as well as even better for your skin, by adding a lovely product to the water. Why not pop in a splash of one of our Foam Baths or a Bath Melt? This will create the ultimate relaxing environment.
Give yourself 5
As well as all of the above tips, you should make sure you give yourself some time each day just to decompress and relax. This could mean watching a TV show with your feet up, enjoying a chapter of your book or even going for a run. However you relax, make sure you have time to do so every day.