Discover How SBC Can Help With Your Wellness Journey
Pause, and relax, it’s time to De-Stress
Life can be stressful – we are faced with a variety of tasks and responsibilities that require most of our time and attention but in all of that, when do we take the time to have some time out?
Stress can wreak havoc on our health, it is a cause of high blood pressure, cardiovascular problems, and chronic inflammation. You need a rest, you deserve a rest, it’s good for you, and it requires less time than you think.
De-stressing is all about getting your mind off the stresses in your life and here at SBC, we take your wellbeing very seriously. Relaxation need not take up a load of your time, even a few moments to step away from something stressful can provide enough time to create distance and give you that longing feeling of calm.
So here are some quick tension-busting techniques and simple lifestyle changes which are certain to help you feel more relaxed, and most importantly, happy!
Quick tension-busting techniques:
Step away from the screen: Continuous computer use is associated with stress, loss of sleep and depression. So, make sure to take frequent breaks during your day at your desk and try to shut offline at least an hour before bedtime.
Go for a 10-minute walk: While just about any walk will help to clear your head and boost endorphins (which, in turn, reduces stress hormones), consider walking in a park or other green space, which can put your body into a state of meditation.
Listen to music: While classical music has a particularly soothing effect, any music that you love lowers blood pressure and even decreases levels of stress hormones whilst flooding your brain with feel-good neurochemicals like dopamine.
And while music can soothe everyday anxiety (make sure you crank it up on the drive home), research shows that it’s particularly beneficial for those amid stressful events.
Have a hot bath: Heat relaxes muscles—and taking a long bath can be soothing for the mind as well. Stock up on your favourite SBC bath products, get a bath pillow and decorate the room with candles. Our favourite, muscle and mind relaxing bath products include Arnica and Lavender
Breathe deeply: Breathing exercises help you relax because they make your body feel like it does when you are already relaxed.
Breathing exercises, or even just taking a few deep breaths, can help reduce tension and relieve stress, thanks to an extra boost of oxygen, and help us to calm down.
Wellness activities to build into your life and routine:
Be Kind to Yourself: Treat your body with love and care, love it for its function and don’t get hung up on its form. To keep skin nourished, indulge your skin with nourishing body butter such as the Aloe Vera Body Butter, massage into your skin, and enjoy the uplifting aroma and silky soft skin. If you’re feeling stressed, tired or under the weather, savour a luxurious bath with the Arnica & Sandalwood Muscle Soak – a herbal-infused soak to uplift the senses whilst relieving pressure.
Create a calming zone: Many spas have relaxation rooms to sit in before and after treatments, and it’s a great thing to create at home too. It doesn’t have to be a ‘room’ but the key is having an area or room at home, solely devoted to relaxing.
Add a comfortable chair, with dim lights, or candles nearby— whatever it is that you enjoy and find relaxing. This will give you an opportunity to decompress, with very little stimulus, which is the key. No phones, televisions, or laptops, you need to kick back and relax. You might want to read a book or magazine, but the idea is to clear your mind of distractions and stressors.
Meditate: Meditation is the most effective relaxation tactic by wellness gurus. Research has shown that meditation can be helpful in lowering heart rate and blood pressure and even improving cognitive performance.
How? It is pretty simple to do; find a comfortable place, close your eyes, relax your muscles, and focus on one thing, whether it’s your breathing, an object, or picture something in your mind, (perhaps you are sitting on a beach in the Maldives). Just do this for as little as 10 minutes to experience the benefits. The key is staying focused and not letting any distractions or thoughts enter your mind!
Get a massage: Massage can be a surprisingly powerful tool to help you take charge of your health and well-being. Getting a massage is an ideal way to free yourself of tension and relax, studies of the benefits of massage demonstrate that it is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Added aromatherapy oils such as chamomile or lavender can be particularly beneficial too.
Boost your diet: Stress-eating doesn’t have to be bad. Eating unprocessed, fresh foods will have a positive impact on your mood. Think fish curries with warming spices and lots of green, leafy veg as well as nuts, bananas, avocado and edamame beans. Pick snacks and meals that will fill you up as nothing is more stressful to the brain than feeling like you’ve run out of nourishment. Take your food away from your computer and go sit someplace peaceful and focus on your food.
Exercise: Getting active, again going for a walk or trying out an exercise class that incorporates deep breathing and stretching, such as yoga or pilates can be relaxing. Many yoga poses are known stress relievers, as they open the shoulders, relieve neck tension and do away with many of the physical symptoms of stress. All Exercise helps to boost endorphins and reduce stress—and research shows that 20 minutes each day is all that is needed to experience benefits.
Prioritise your wellness:
It is all well and good knowing how you can help bust your stress, actually implementing the techniques is the tricky part. Schedule it into your routine! Yes, you can fit in a meditation for two minutes in the morning, it is doable to walk around the block during your lunch hour, yes you can fit in five minutes of exercise before dinner. The little bits add up, and that’s what’s most important and most sustainable. Scheduling in your wellness activities helps save time so you can turn your intentions into actions. If you know that a certain amount of your time is set aside for wellness, you won’t be as inclined to fill it with something else.
To truly prioritise wellness, you must see the value in it. Find an image or a quote that resonates with your reasons for wanting to achieve your wellness goals and make it your desktop background or stick it on your fridge. It’ll remind you of why you value wellness, what you want out of it, and what you’re willing to do for it.