7 Easy Ways to De-Stress

We all have moments of stress in our week when things don’t go to plan, we feel overwhelmed or for any number of other reasons. Even when the source of the stress might be ongoing there are a few easy ways to de-stress in the moment and today I wanted to share my top 7 with you. I’d love to hear your advice on easy ways to de-stress as well!

7 Easy Ways to De-Stress | I Spy Plum Pie

1. Drink Green Tea

Green tea contains the amino-acid theanine which is known to promote relaxation and counter the over-stimulation that can happen from caffeine, so it makes perfect sense that it can help with de-stressing too. So when you start to feel overwhelmed take a minute and brew yourself a delicious cup of green tea then slowly sip at it, it will leave you feeling soothed and relaxed, helping to wash away the stress that had been building.

2. Take Deep Breaths

This is an obvious one, but that doesn’t mean we always remember it! When you start to feel stressed stop and make sure you are taking long, deep breaths. When we get stressed we tend to take fast, shallow breaths which then reduces our oxygen levels and leaves us feeling even worse. Doing some breathing exercises not only helps boost your oxygen levels but convinces your body that you are in fact relaxed which in turn does actually relax you! You don’t need to do anything fancy, just breath in slowly, hold your breath then exhale slowly as well. I like to count to 8 for each of those steps, and I find focussing on the counting helps to de-stress me too! It’s simple, but it works.

3. Go For a Walk

Going for a walk can help clear our minds and increase endorphins, which in turn de-stresses us pretty effectively. If you can, try and take the walk outside to get some fresh air and get amongst nature, but even a walk around your office or home will help. This is particularly useful if the thing that is causing you stress is work-related, as it gives you the chance to step away from it and helps avoid causing further problems. Try and avoid taking your phone with you, it only needs to be a short walk so being away from technology for that time will make it doubly helpful.

4. Listen to Music

Certain types of music can be particularly soothing and relaxing, particularly anything with a slow tempo. It has been shown to also slow your heart-rate and breath, inducing a state of calm and decreasing the amount of stress hormones in your body. Classical music is excellent for this, but the key point is really to just choose music that makes you happy as it will have a flow-on effect on your state of mind if you’re listening to something you love!

5. Meditate

Meditation has been shown to be excellent for de-stressing as it can help lower your blood pressure and heart rate and facilitate deeper breathing. Even doing it for a few minutes a day is an excellent starting point and there are lots of apps out there these days that offer great guided mediations. If that’s not your thing then it’s as simple as finding yourself a comfortable place to sit, relaxing your body and mind, closing your eyes and focusing inwards. Okay, so maybe it’s easier said than done, but even if you struggle with your mind wandering (I know I do a lot of the time) the process itself is still an effective de-stressing measure.

6. Laugh

Unsurprisingly, having a laugh is an excellent way to de-stress! It releases built up tension, increases your oxygen intake, increases your endorphins and leaves you feeling so much happier. It doesn’t matter what it is that you use to make you laugh – a video, podcast, chat with a friend, whatever works for you – just have a good ol’ belly laugh and you’ll be much better for it!

7. Have a Bath

At the end of a long, stressful day and excellent way to unwind and relax is with a hot bath. It relaxes both your mind and your muscles, and if you combine it with some gorgeous candles and homemade bath salts or oat bags then you’ll be left feeling like you visited a fancy day-spa. Lavender scented products are your best bet for relaxation, so if you’re making your own bath products then keep a supply of lavender on hand for those times you need to de-stress!

These are my top 7 easy ways to de-stress, I’d love to hear your suggestions as well!

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8 Comments on 7 Easy Ways to De-Stress

  1. merilyn
    November 18, 2015 at 7:33 am (4 years ago)

    all good ideas and practices thankyou liz!
    “when walking just walk,
    when sitting just sit,
    above all don’t wobble!” … a zen meditation
    send love into the universe!
    even if it doesn’t help anything, it helps me!
    love m:)X

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 21, 2015 at 3:09 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh I love that! Thanks for sharing Merilyn xx

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  2. Bronnie - Maid In Australia
    November 21, 2015 at 1:00 pm (4 years ago)

    These are such great suggestions. I try to do them all. And I find any exercise helps, so riding a bike or (for me) doing yoga is great too. Having pets, hugging my dog or cat, or doing something with my dog is great. I also find being in nature in some way does something for my mind and soul – going to a beach, the mountains, a national park. Just grounding myself and remembering I am part of something bigger than me. Thanks for sharing.
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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 21, 2015 at 3:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Love all your suggestions Bronnie, thanks so much for sharing

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 23, 2015 at 5:48 pm (4 years ago)

      It’s amazing how much of a difference a delicious cuppa can make isn’t it!

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    • I Spy Plum Pie (admin)
      November 23, 2015 at 5:49 pm (4 years ago)

      Oh yikes, retail at this time of year is no fun, I remember it well! Fingers crossed these tips can help!

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