A recent survey from the Mental Health Foundation indicated that 74% of respondents reported feeling such high levels of stress that they became overwhelmed or unable to cope. With the barrage of notifications that ping straight to the devices. We hold in our palms, it is little wonder that we’re feeling out of sorts. And with a search for tips on self-care pulling up billions of results, turning to the internet can make you feel even more overwhelmed. Which is why we have set out to give you our top five self-care tips from the experts.
Top 5 tips on self-care
Backed by scientific studies, these top five tips on self-care are sure to have you feeling serene in almost no time.
1. Get outside
Steeping outside to get some fresh air and spend some time in green spaces has incredible positive effects on both mental and physical health. If you don’t have access to a wide-open space, pull up some images of your favourite mountain or beach. Research has shown that just looking at pictures of nature can relax both body and mind.
2. Stop and smell the oranges
Breathing exercises are great for helping to calm a busy mind. But what we breathe can have just as much of an effect on our mood as how we breathe. While there is plenty of debate around the benefits or aromatherapy, studies have shown that smelling citrus – orange in particular – has the ability to reduce anxiety. Spritz a bit of perfume with zesty notes on your wrists for an all-day stress reliever, or infuse your space with the invigorating scent using a light room mist.
3. Connect with friends and family
Plenty of studies have shown that people with healthier relationships are happier and less likely to develop serious diseases. Spending time with those you love or care about has the ability to reduce stress and boost your mood. Some great ways to connect include sharing a delicious dinner or taking a walk in the park.
4. Get some sleep
Most of us already know that getting enough rest is essential for both physical and mental health. There is plenty of research indicating the adverse effects a lack of sleep can have on our bodies – from decreased productivity and mental performance to overeating and even altering our genetics. One of the best, and simplest, ways to take care of yourself on a daily basis is to get some sleep.
5. Take time to unwind
Whether you are practising deep breathing or jotting your thoughts down in a journal, taking a few minutes to quieten your mind will help to relieve stress. With regular skincare routines shown to reduce the blood levels of stress hormone cortisol by 83%. We say that a steamy shower followed by top-to-toe moisturisation with a conditioning body cream is one of the best ways to unwind.
There are thousands of ways to pursue self-care on a daily basis. While meditating for hours on end might be admirable, there are a few more achievable practices that will have you feeling your best. We advise spending time outside with friends or family. As well as ending your days will an indulgent skincare ritual before climbing into bed for a good night’s rest.