Take a Bath
Almost all of us would know and remember the feeling of sliding into a bath full of warm water, there is something especially relaxing about lying/sitting down when bathing. When the effort of washing is removed it is surprising how much more at ease you feel and this is shown when winding down and enjoying a bath.
The weather is really starting to cool down across Australia and a warm bath is a perfect way to warm up your body and de-stress after a day of work, chores, or nothing a all! A bath with a sprinkle of Epsom salts is the ultimate way to soothe sore muscles post-workout and prepare you for the following day. If you don't have access to a bath, not to worry a nice warm shower will do the trick!
Meditation is great for you on many levels but especially when it comes to stress. By meditating daily you can gain mental clarity, clams the body, and can help with self-awareness. Meditation doesn't need to take up 20 minutes of your day, you can start with 2 minutes and some background music and work your way to silent 5-10 minute sessions. Meditating at the beginning of the day can help you to assess what needs to be done and the most efficient way of doing so, this can be helpful for your work, family, or individual needs. Meditation is also an amazing tool not only for those who are stressed but anyone who struggles to fall asleep or switch off from technology prior to sleep as it can calm and destress the mind for a restful night.
Creative expression is essential when it comes to stress-free living (yes, even for the non-creative people). Being creative doesn't need to start and stop with the first things that come to mind like painting, drawing, sewing, etc. Creative expression can be in the form of any hobby you enjoy or mundane daily chores! Take your same old daily tasks and add a creative twist. For example, take your sock basket (we know you have one) and grab a friend or family member, whoever finds the most matching pairs in a minute wins. This boring task that was on your to-do list has become a fun little game and may even put a smile on your face. Another activity could be blindfold self-portraits, this creative outlet can make for a fun and entertaining night in. The possibilities are endless and the key to leaving stress at bay is by keeping your mind busy.
Let us know in the comments below how you have been getting creative with your time at home!
You know we couldn't leave this one out! Exercising naturally reducing the hormones in the body that cause stress such as adrenaline and increase those that cause good, positive moods such as endorphins. Endorphins are like little pockets of happiness, when you exercise these burst into your body and reduce negative, stressful thoughts. We recommend working out daily to destress and maintain your health while at home for extended periods.
At-home exercise made easy with our free Weight Management Program, full of effective, easy workouts that can be done in the comfort of your own home with or without equipment.
Talk to someone
Life now more than ever can seem hard and stressful, with extended time at home and less social interaction it is important to stay in contact with loved ones and friends. It is extremely helpful for anyone feeling stressed to communicate to those close to you, even if this is simply a neighbor. If you are feeling higher stress levels than normal we recommend reaching out to your GP or Counsellor.