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Friday, 30 September 2016

Here's The Best Ways To Unwind After A Really Stressful Day




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We've all been there, coming home from a really stressful day and the first thing you want to do is put your PJs on. 

Maybe your boss doesn't realise just how hard you work, maybe your uni work keeps pilling up and pilling up, or maybe you've got to a point where your brain might explode with all of life's responsibilities. But as much as you want to shut the world out, chances are the things that still need doing will still be there tomorrow. 

Stress and life's daily struggles can often consume us: it is easy to find yourself buried under sadness, anxiety and worry. These issues can affect your body, mood and behaviour- and is something we should all work towards to help reduce in our lives.

But that's why we're here! 

Pretty52 have a list of calm and peaceful ways to help you de-stress for those days when you just can't face people anymore. It's time to set time aside some to wind down after a long, hard day.


Clear your mind.

Chances are you’ve been in overdrive for days, you may be juggling deadlines or trying to complete an endless to do list. It's time to take a step back and breatheSometimes when it all gets too much, and it is to do with things that you don't really think anyone will understand, it is good to write it all out. 

When you get home after a particularly stressful day, the only way you'll completely unwind is if you clear your mind. Grab a notepad or some post it notes, and split the page into two sections. One one side write down everything that is bothering you, or that is ultimately stressing you out. On the other, jot down things that you know you will have to do tomorrow. For example, 'I have three uni deadlines' and 'tomorrow I need to make a plan for one of my essays.'

If you tackle your stress and problems head in, it will make you feel much more in control of the situation. You now know what you need to do to overcome it. With this down and everything out of the way, it's time to relax and unwind.



Sit down for five minutes and relax.

It's hard to switch off when you come in from work as your mind can still be on over drive. Instead of automatically thinking that you need to put a washing on or there is ironing to be down, sit down with a cup of tea and enjoy yourself. Honestly, there is little in life that cannot be solved with a cup of tea and sticking the kettle on can cure a multitude of stress, believe us.

Sometimes when we live in a busy environment we often forget to take time for ourselves. And the less we do, the more things can build up. This is why it's important to unwind to help restore some balance of good in life


Wash the stress off.

Once you've detached yourself from work, uni or whatever it is that has caused you to have a stressful day, now is the time to go and pour yourself the best bubble bath in the world. Those chores can wait until another night, you need time to yourself!

Obviously, a bath can't exist without a LOT of bubbles as it's the best part. Pour a generous amount into your bath and watch it fill up. Light lots of cute candles too and watch them flicker away as you relax in your bubble bath.

This will allow you to keep on top of things, allowing yourself to truly unwind and will make sure you've got everything you need in order to have a good night's sleep for a kickass day tomorrow.



Clear your skin, as well as your mind.

There's no better feeling that taking your make up off after a loooong day (a bit like the feeling of relief you get when you take your bra off too!), so wash it all off so you can completely unwind and chill out.

Get your good face masks out, all the scrubs and oils you can find. Hey, maybe even that moisturiser you got for Christmas that was 'too' good to use! If now isn't the time to use it, when is gal? You deserve this. Pamper yourself and completely separate yourself from that stressful day.


Distract yourself.

As important as it is to narrow down what's bothering you, sometimes we just need need to escape from our own thoughts in order to relax.

For me, the Harry Potter books let me escape to another world where I don't have to worry about day-to-day life. A book allows your mind to wander to magical places and makes you forget about your own worries for a lil while.

Sometimes you need to unwind so much that you just can't even with real life.



Cut back on screen time.

Social media can be stressful at the best of times, never mind when you're in the need of some relaxation. If you can manage it, put your phone away. Obviously keep it out for emergency reasons, but a lot of the time the reason we never really switch off is because we end up working from home. Whether it's searching for new ideas or comparing ourselves to other people who do the same job as us, our minds are constantly ticking.


So try to switch off from any social media, especially before you go to bed to let your mind clear.


If all else fails, aim to get a good night's sleep.

Now, I don't know whether it's a placebo affect or not but I find that using a sleep spray means I get a good, solid eight hours of interrupted sleep.

(OK, OK. So, maybe a bottle of wine does the same thing but this way is healthier, I guess *sighs*)

Sleep is the best thing for stress and helping you to relax, so spray a generous amount on your pillow and rest your head. This will help you drift off a million times easier. But remember, this was just one stressful day. These steps will help you unwind from it all so you can ace tomorrow!



Remember to look after yourself.

When you find a way that works for you to unwind after a stressful day, remember it's important to look after yourself. It's your life after all!

Don't go into panic when you have another hard day, you know how to overcome it now. Everything will be OK. 



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