We all experience some stress in our daily lives, with certain events often making that worse. While stress is a natural response, too much of it can be harmful.
High stress levels can affect physical and mental health, especially if you find you are often anxious. As well as dealing with the source of your stress, there are things you can do on a daily basis to help you relax.
Simple changes or actions can really help you to relax, making you feel better and improving your overall health. Here are some great ways to enjoy a stress-free spring:
Five minutes of calm
Taking some time to just sit and relax, if only for five minutes, can really help. Giving yourself a few moments of calm where you don't have to be rushing around can make a huge difference.
Make yourself a cup of tea, watch one of your favourite shows, read a chapter of your book or just breathe deeply. So long as you are focusing on you and on being calm, you'll find that you feel a lot less stressed out.
It's a good idea to do this every day so you have a regular time in which you can unwind. This could be after work, before bed or even on your lunch break. It doesn't matter when or how long you relax for, just so long as you give yourself a break.
You could even try lighting one of our candles while you unwind, allowing the fragrance and flickering light to calm you down. You'll be surprised at how effective something so simple can be.
We all feel better after giving ourselves a pamper, not least because we don't have to worry about anything else during it. This is why having a good soak serves as such a good de-stresser.
Pour yourself a nice hot bath, pop in one of our gorgeous floral-scented bath melts and let your worries melt away. Not only will the scent of the bath melt help to relax your mind, the water will also help to ease any aching or tense muscles.
These physical signs of stress can lead to you feeling even more wound up as time goes on, as well as becoming painful the longer you have to put up with them.
If you don't have time for a bath, you can still unwind and feel relaxed following a quick shower, especially if you use the right products.
Our Rose and Neroli Body Wash is the ideal touch of luxury for your shower, with the scents helping to calm your mind, resulting in less tension throughout your body. It is also incredibly moisturising, while the scent will linger on the skin. This is a great way to add a relaxing element to your daily routine.
Another way to work out tension in your muscles and to refocus the mind is to engage in regular exercise. We all need to exercise each week to keep us fit and healthy,but it is also a great way to deal with stress.
When you workout - whether it's in a class, at the gym or on your own - you are stretching your body, which deals with muscles that are bunched up as a result of stress. You are also focused on the task at hand, stopping your brain from wandering to the things that are causing you stress.
Exercise also releases endorphins, which can make you feel happier. This is why you can feel lighter and more relaxed after an exercise session. If you want to kill two birds with one stone, this is definitely the way to do it!
Stress can lead to lack of sleep, which can then lead to more stress. Your body needs a good amount of rest each day as this is the time in which it repairs and rejuvenates itself. You also relax when you're sleeping, giving your mind and body a break.
Ensuring you get a good amount of sleep every night, rather than trying to catch up on the weekends, can leave you feeling refreshed and ready for anything.
If you have trouble sleeping, try drinking chamomile tea before bed and cutting back on caffeinated drinks in the afternoon. You may also find that a room mist sprayed around your bedroom before you hit the hay can help to relax you and set you up for a good night's sleep.
Getting yourself a little treat can really help you de-stress - especially if you buy any of the above products.
To make it easier to treat yourself, we're giving you some money off products bought through our official website.
Until the end of April you can get 30% off and free P&P on all purchases over £40 with the code 'SCENT'. So why not help yourself de-stress even more and save yourself some money while you're at it?