• Emily Elizabeth May

3 Stress Relief Tips Every Young Adult Needs to Read

Almost everyone faces stress daily. It’s not easy the amount of pressures we recieve during day to day life. Stress relief is vital. Something we dont want to be doing is consciously thinking about managing our stress every minute of every day. Because this causes us to worry about the worry, and then the stress takes over.

I’ve got 3 easy tips that you can implement into your daily life that will become unconcious thoughts and part of your daily routine almost instantly.

Tip 1: Take 10 minutes to Stretch (and be mindful)

Stretching for stress relief is so simple and so quick!

I use this technique when I am feeling overwhelmed, or if I feel a lack of direction.

Firstly I remove myself from the situation, whether that be me procrati-cleaning (yep I do this), or when I’m sitting blank eyed staring at the computer screen with no motivation.

Then, I put my phone timer on for 10-15 minutes and I stretch & breathe (in silence.) Simple.

Try to be mindfull when you are stretching. This simply means being aware. Notice how long you inhale and exhale, be aware of the sounds and smells around you. And the way your body feels when you stretch. Mindfullness is so simple and so beneficial.

And don’t tell me you don’t have 10 minutes to do this. You do!

Benefits of Stretching:

  1. 1) Streching literally reduces stress through releiveing tension and loosening muscles

  2. 2) Stretching releases endorphins in the brain that bring you feelings of calm

  3. 3) Stretching reduces distractions and can help you become focussed again (it sharpens your concentration!)

  4. 4) Stretching boosts your energy levels

  5. 5) Stetching enhances your posture

  6. 6) Exercising reduces the amount of stress hormones (cortisol & adrenalin) in the body

AND MORE…. etc, etc (but you get the idea!) This is a serious no brainer. Just do it every day!

(You don’t even have to do it in gym gear. Sometimes I do it in my pyjamas waiting for my coffee to brew).

Tip 2: Aromatherapy for Stress Relief!

Essential oils have been around for centuries. It is possible that essential oils may aid in stress relief, improve anxiety, and help with sleep problems.

Personally, I rate them very high! Lavender, bergamot & ylang ylang seem to be the most popular. There are lots of different ways you can use essential oils for stress relief, but I have two favourites.

  1. 1) Self-massage – when I am stressed, I like to put a few drops of lavender oil on my hands and give myself a neck rub. I go right up my neck and behind my ears. And often I put some on my temples and just below my nose so I can really smell it! (Note: Not all essential oils are okay to put on the skin & face, make sure you read the packaging first). If I have a headache on top of the stress, I add a small drop of peppermint oil. But warning, only use a small drop and don’t get too close to your eyes with this mixture! (I’ve made that mistake, it’s not fun).

  2. 2) Pillow drops before bed – years ago I used to babysit these 2 children, and their bedtime routine would include a drop of lavender oil on their pillows before I tucked them in. I never thought much about it then. But in the past few years I’ve actually started doing it myself (And often I sneak a drop or two on Alex’s pillow too!) It releases a soft scent as you drift off into your dreams. It’s really lovely. Try it!

Other ways you can sneak these smells into your daily routine…

  • + Use lavender scented shower gel

  • + Put a lavender sachet next to your bed

  • + Get a scented candle (lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang)

  • + Use scented bath salts & oils

  • + Have the essential oils in your hand bag – when you’re at work or on the go, simply take them out and have a good old sniff!

Tip 3: Vitamins & Food for Stress Relief

Vitamin B definciences have been linked to increased levels of stress and anxiousness. Try taking a vitamin B supplement daily, or eating more foods rich in vitamin B, like nuts and avocados! (Just another excuse to order the smashed avo on toast when you’re brunching!)

Other studies have shown that omega-3 fatty acids, like those found in salmon, could help protect your body from the negative effects of stress hormones.

Drink herbal tea! I have a bunch of chamomile tea stocked up at home for those tough times. It honestly feels like it brings down my heart rate when I am anxious.

I’ve saved the best till last. Back in 2009 a study found a link between chocolate and stress levels! The study, albeit very small, concluded that eating dark chocolate once a day could reduce stress. I’ll take it, thats all the proof I need.

Take Action

When things are getting heavy and you feel like everything is piling on top of each other, you are better off taking a break from it all to calm yourself and re-asses.

“Taking some time away from the relentless flow of societal stressors — now consistently present due to 24/7 exposure to social media and online news — can help.”Daniel Keating, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan.

Societal stressors are for me, the most common type of worry. Making a stress relief plan to combat these worries can already make a huge difference in itself alone. Then all you need is to take action and implement these 3 easy tips into your daily routine, and I guarantee in a short time they will be imbedded into your daily life without a thought.

Read another recent blog post here. I tell my story about when societal pressures took over.

xx Emily

Emily Elizabeth May

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