As someone who suffers from anxiety, relaxing is something I find quite difficult. Stress and anxiety tend to come hand in hand and even when I’m not particularly anxious about anything, I’m still stressed so I spend a lot of my time trying to find something…anything, that can help alleviate the symptoms I’ve probably tried so I thought I’d share my top relaxation tips to help combat those shitty, stressful days.
01. Go for a walk – It’s no secret that exercise is good for the soul, the endorphins from even light exercise can be so beneficial at combating stress. I have Hypermobility Syndrome so sometimes exercise just isn’t feasible but on good pain days where I can get out even for a short walk I always feel so much better, especially on bright sunny mornings!
02. Get a massage – A massage is a great way to relax your body because more often than not, when we are feeling stressed out, our body is tense as hell and a good massage can help really relax the muscles. Click here for great savings on massages.
03. Read – Whether this be a book or a magazine, reading can be a great way to take the focus away from something stressful and onto something else. I have been loving the magazine Breathe, it’s such a breath of fresh air compared to your regular gossip and celeb magazines. It’s filled with positivity and wellbeing; everything you need to help you relax.
04. Listen to music – I have a whole playlist dedicated to songs that help me relax, in fact I have various playlists. Music is a bit hit and miss for me, sometimes it will help me relax amazingly well but other times the noise just stresses me out even more. There is a fine line for me with this one. Here is a list of my go to songs when I’m feeling stressed:
Holocene | Bon Iver
City Of Angels (Piano Version) | 30 Seconds To Mars
Mercury | Sleeping At Last
Heavy Rope (Acoustic) | Lights
Alps | Novo Amor, Ed Tullett
Carry You | Novo Amor
Atlas: Touch | Sleeping At Last
Saturn | Sleeping At Last
05. Journalling – I have always loved journalling, I don’t think there has been a time in the last 9 years where I haven’t had a notebook on the go. I’ve always found journalling very therapeutic whether it be writing a diary or bullet journalling.