Monday, 24 September 2018

My tips on how to de-stress

We all get stressed from time to time. It's a natural reaction to certain situations that we just cannot avoid. However, there are methods which I use to help me when I feel stressed that I wanted to share with you today. 
Regular Exercise 
One way I de-stress is hitting the gym or going for a run. I find this is a great way to release some tension and relax your body. Plus, exercise helps release endorphins which essentially trigger a positive feeling in the body. Basically, making you feel a little bit happier. This option is perfect for those who suffer from depression, anxiety or constant stress. 

Shifting your focus from negative to positive. Meditation is a great way for you to take a step back, breathe and look at things with a new outlook. Sometimes we worry about things that are out of our control. Through meditation, you will be able to refocus and review what's bothering you and tackle it with a fresh mindset.

Calming music
Gary and I listen to calming music before we go to sleep. We find that this helps to relax us before bed. I find that this is particularly helpful when I have had a bad day at work or something in my personal life has affected my mood. It stops me from overthinking and soothes me. I know for Gary, it helps to ease his anxiety. It's definitely worth giving it a try. 

Go offline 
Sometimes was all just need to turn off from the world for an hour. Go for a long walk or read a book - an actual physical book not your Kindle. I find that switching off from everything digital can really relax my mind. It gets rid of so many distractions and allows me to think about me for a change. 

Treat yourself
Whether it's a chocolate bar or a pair of shoes. Treat yourself to something you want that will make you happy. This feeling won't last forever, but it will remind you that you can be happy and regardless of how stressed you are feeling, it will pass. 

One of my favourite ways to de-stress is to meet up with friends or see family. It helps take my mind off the situation I'm in and 9 times out of 10 I end up laughing and having a great time. Laughter is the best medicine.

Increase your potassium intake 
When you get stressed, your blood pressure rises. By increasing your potassium intake - such as eating a banana, you will reduce your blood pressure, in turn helping to reduce your stress levels. I'm not a doctor, this is from research that I have done into how food can relieve your body from stress/anxiety. It's definitely worth giving it a go. 

Get creative
Arts and crafts, knitting, pottery or drawing are all things you can do to help decrease your stress levels. By being creative you give yourself something else to focus on, rather than just thinking about what's stressing you out at that moment. 

Talk it through 
Do you ever find that talking through your problems enables you to see things more clearly? I do. I find that just chatting or 'moaning' about what's bothering me puts things into perspective. I actively seek advice from my friends or Gary. It helps me to change my outlook and do something about the problems I have. 

And finally, get a good nights sleep. This isn't always easy but a lack of sleep can increase stress levels. Try and go to bed at the same time every day and wake up and at the same time every day. We all love a lie in every now and again but having a routine can really change your mindset. 

I hope you find these useful. Sometimes you just need to change one thing in your life and you will see a massive difference in your mood and stress levels. 

Watch my video on stress here

Monday, 10 September 2018

Bali Balm #KissThePlanet

As of late, I have been focusing on leading a more sustainable lifestyle. Ensuring I recycle, using reusable bottles rather than throw aways and swapping out plastic containers to glass. It's only a small step but I have to start somewhere. 

I have also been looking into beauty brands that lead with a sustainable future thinking ethos. When Bali Balm reached out, I was so excited about trying a product from a brand that focus on the wellbeing of the planet. 
What can I say, I'm in love and I've almost run out. (crying face emoji). I've been using the Bergamot and Grapefruit lip balm for the last four weeks. It's nourishing, fresh and leaves your lips hydrated and soft. It's basically the perfect lip balm. The smell is also delicious, I'm a huge fan of grapefruit so as you can imagine, I was very happy. 

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Glamping: Hollington Park

In August 2018, Gary and I decided to try something new and go Glamping. In celebration of our 2 year engagement anniversary - not sure if that's even a thing - we wanted to take time away and experience something different. With our wedding day creeping up on us, and the cost that comes with it, we didn't want to spend a massive amount of money on a breakaway but wanted to celebrate all the same.
With only having booked off one day at work, we were looking for somewhere local that could provide us with that 'holiday feeling' but not the mad rush or long drive/flight to get there.

After doing a quick Google search, we came across a cute little place only one hour away from our house called Hollington Park. Hollington Park is based in Newbury, West Berkshire.

I'm not exactly an 'outdoorsy' kind of girl, I've never been camping and I only usually attend day festivals where I can sleep in a hotel rather than on the ground somewhere in a tent. I think the closest I've been to camping is staying in a caravan. With Gary being a huge outdoors person who loves the idea of camping and recreating the whole Bear Grylls/Ed Stafford lifestyle, we decided to compromise and go Glamping so it would be something we both would enjoy.
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