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Sunday, 7 August 2016

8 Simple Ways To De-Stress

A combination of the weather, general bad news and freaking out a little about life has left me feeling a little stressed lately, let's face it, 2016 hasn't been a great one so far. I've picked up a few ways that have really helped me to relax, de-stress and feel a little more positive about the future, here's a few of my favourite ways to chill out;

1. Lush bath's.
Luckily the heatwave has now passed and the cosy, cooler days that we've had lately are ideal for indulging in a long Lush bath. There's almost nothing better than melting into a bath full of soft bubbles to relax and unwind. I recommend The Comforter Bubble Bar for a heavenly treat, with a divine, comforting blackcurrant and vanilla fragrance it's great if you're feeling under the weather. Also, Lush Intergalactic is one of my top picks for an uplifting, mood-boosting bath time treat!

2. Music.
Plug in and switch off for a while, away from distractions and social media to help reduce stress levels. Whether it's something calm and soothing to relax to or an upbeat song to dance around in the kitchen, a dose of music is sometimes just what you need!

3. Write a gratitude list.
Noting down just 10 small things that you're grateful for each day can really help to lift your spirits. Counting your blessings is a great way to keep happy and focus on the positive things. I like to note down 10 little things that I'm grateful for each day like my family, Alex, rain, fresh flowers, autumn, or a book that I'm loving - keeping note of the positives in life can really help to put things in perspective!

4. Scented candles.
One of my favourite ways to relax, lighting a candle or two somehow makes everything feel calm and bright. Pick a luxe candle for a heavenly treat, Diptyque Baies fills the whole room with a divine scent of blackcurrant and rose and gives a such a cosy feel to the home!

5. Yoga
From soothing yoga routines to calming breathing techniques, yoga is a pretty much a fail-safe way to de-stress. Take your pick from Yoga With Adriene's videos, I love her feel good flow routine, 
Yoga for anxiety and stress is a great option too!

6. Tea and a book.
Grab a cup of peppermint tea and a captivating book for a few moments to yourself to totally unwind. Find a few of my current recommended reads here!

7. Netflix, blankets and comfy loungewear.
An evening on the sofa with Netflix for company, a cosy pair of Asos print pyjamas like these cute rainbow cloud set and squashy, soft blankets is sometimes just what you need to de-stress. A few of my favourite Netflix picks are OUAT, The Originals, Gilmore Girls and Reign

8. Colouring in.
There are so many great colouring in books to choose from - Harry Potter, Game Of Thrones or the lovely The Enchanted Forest Colouring Book which is filled with wildflowers, toadstools and dens fit for fairies! Spend some down time colouring in to help you to switch off and indulge in a little me time.

What are your favourite ways to de-stress?
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