We need to De-Stress. Feeling stressed is something that we all feel at some points in our lives. Stress can be a result of many different things. Working too much. Worrying about our families and friends. A death or illness in the family is proving too much to handle.
When you are feeling stressed, everything else that comes your way, feels like a ton of bricks, on top of you. 


Why Is It Important To De-Stress?

It is very important that we recognise when we are feeling stressed. This means that we can start countering it straight away. If left unchecked, there are many ways that this can affect our bodies and our minds. Let´s not forget, our body and our mind is so connected, that this can lead to serious health and mental problems.
Here is a short animated video, (4mins 15seconds), by Madhumita Murgia, from TED-Ed Original Lessons, which explains how Stress affects your brain https://ed.ted.com/lessons/how-stress-affects-your-brain-madhumita-murgia

5 Easy Ways To De-Stress


As you can see from the video, stress can be life changing. So make sure that you start using these ways to de-stress now! Like the sign above. Recognise that you are feeling stressed and go in the direction of Relax instead.


1) Exercise

Exercise is by far the easiest way to de-stress. Not only can you do this for free, but there are so many other benefits of exercise, you would be silly not to give it a go. You do not have to be Usain Bolt or Mo Farah. A gentle walk can be effective to de-stress you and make you feel better straight away. Look at the article below for some ideas on gentle exercise, that we can all do.



2) Meditation

Many of us think Meditation is for hippies that drink green tea! This is not true, anybody can meditate, it does not have to seem complicated or long. Set 5-10 minutes aside each day and go somewhere quiet. Sit still and relax. If any stressful thoughts come to you, push them away gently in your mind. Practice this on regular basis and you will start looking as happy as this frog, when he meditates.




3) Organise Time For You

We all have busy diaries, with loads of things we need to fit in every day. But it is important not to forget about you! Make sure that every day, you set aside some time for you. Block it in your diary and stick to it. 30 minutes of you time, doing something you enjoy or doing nothing…do what you want to do!

How and Why you should take a Time-Out!



4) Smile

Smiling is something that is always forgotten. Do a quick test right now. Smile. Notice how you feel…automatically your body relaxes and you feel better inside. Now make an angry, stressed face. Feel the difference? Next time you feel stressed, no matter where you are, smile… breathe and relax.




5) Get More Sleep

Once again, this is something we always say we are going to do, but we never do. Stop watching that “next episode” on Netflix, before you go to bed. Use that time wisely instead and go to sleep. In order for your body and mind to function, it needs enough sleep. Give it the sleep it needs and feel refreshed the next day.



 So what are you waiting for? Take charge of your stress, before it takes charge of you!

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