These days, we all seem busier than ever. On a daily basis it feels like work commitments, family, events, tasks and general life admin conspires to take over our lives. We all need a holiday or even just a few hours to ourselves to decompress and de-stress. If you’re feeling stressed all the time, not only are you going to feel pretty miserable, but your health could suffer too. Taking just 10 minutes a day to do something just for you is easily achievable and can really help manage your stress levels without impeding on your daily schedule.
When you are feeling stressed, or your mood is generally low, then it’s time to treat yourself to a bit of pampering! Make time to spoil yourself each day, there are so many ways you can pamper yourself in 10 minutes.
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You can dig out your nail varnish bag and do a home manicure and pedicure too. Or give your face a gentle steam by putting some boiling water into a bowl, add a couple of drops of essential oils and make a steam tent with a small towel. Then let the steam weave its magic! Rejuvenate your skin with a face mask a couple of times a week and use an eye mask too, so you can fully relax for the time the mask is on.
Do whatever it is that makes you feel relaxed and radiant – and try to do something every day. It’ll have a positive impact on your well-being and your hair, skin and nails will thank you for it.
A wonderful and highly beneficial method of relaxation, meditation has been around for thousands of years. It can be difficult to discipline your mind to “switch off” due to the constant noise in our lives. But, with persistence, even 10 minutes a day can produce great results. By sitting in silence, clearing your mind and breathing deeply, you’ll be able to focus on yourself, relieve anxiety and get you in the right frame of mind to tackle any task. If you master it, you will learn how to relax!
If meditation isn’t for you, then simple breathing exercises are a great way to lower stress levels and help you learn how to relax in 10 minutes. There is a lot of bodily functions you can’t control, but breathing is one you can. Consciously slow down your breathing and take deep and long breaths. You’ll automatically begin to relax, and the deep breathing will pull more oxygen into your body, giving you more energy and increasing alertness.
If you want to learn how to relax, yoga is fantastic away to de-stress while you exercise and you'll find many 10 minute sessions on YouTube to follow. But if it feels a little advanced for you then doing some basic stretches will give you many of the same benefits. You can stretch wherever you are and the loosening of muscles and the increase in blood flow will leave you feeling relaxed and refreshed.
If you’re feeling frustrated in the office or just need to get out of those four walls, then a short and brisk walk is a great tonic. It will get your lungs breathing and your blood flowing, and by focusing on your surroundings, it will help to clear your mind. Even a 10 minute walk will immediately reduce stress.
Music is a very powerful way of altering your mood; however you want to feel, you can find a song to get you there. Put together a playlist in your mind and pop your headphones in. Then play two or three of your favourites, one after the other. If you don’t have the songs to hand just hop onto YouTube and you’ll find them all there. A great way to decompress on the way to and from work or just before bed.
Aromatherapy, where essential oils and extracts are massaged on bodies, or inhaled via a diffuser or candle, has been used for centuries in cultures across the world to alleviate stress. Many believe they work by triggering the production of feel-good hormones in our brains. You can light a candle at home or dab scents on your wrists. Experiment with what’s out there and use what works best for you.
Writing is very therapeutic. Buy yourself a journal and when you start to feel anxious or overwhelmed, go somewhere quiet. Then, write down all the things you are worried about. Also make a list of all the positive stuff going on in your life. You’ll externalise issues and it will help you to find perspective. Bad things won’t seem quite as bad as you thought and the good things will seem great. You’ll certainly get your thoughts in order which will help you deal with the things that are troubling you.
If you have an open mind Eastern medicine may be a good route to learn how to relax. The Chinese have used acupressure for thousands of years to relieve stress and treat disease. In acupressure, various stress points on the body have pressure applied to them. Many believe these points have vital energy flowing through them, which can be manipulated to cure various ills. The jury is still out on the science behind it, but millions of people across the globe swear by it. Some of it is easy to do at your desk – just massage the area between your index finger and your thumb for a few minutes on both hands.
A quick call to a friend or family member, or a speedy face to face over a coffee, can work miracles on your stress levels. Chatting to those we trust can clear minds and get another point of view on a problem. It can just make you laugh and feel happy too. A problem shared is often a problem halved!