Stress is a very relatable feeling however it affects us all in different ways.
It might be triggered by certain situations or events where you feel pressurised or under pressure, perhaps when you have a lot of your plate, a lot to think about or a lack of control over what happens. It’s also important to recognise that stress can affect both your mental state as well as your physical state, from difficulty sleeping, headaches, tearfulness and this is only to name a few.
Self care and implementing lifestyle changes is a great way to start combating stress. It isn’t self indulgent or narcissistic, it’s simply doing what works for you, slowing down and acknowledging that time for yourself is more then ok.
We asked our spa & wellness team for their recommendations on how to introduce some self-care, here’s what they had to say:
- Take 90 minutes out of your day to recharge your batteries. The ESPA Mindful Massage is perfect for escaping the pace of everyday life and bringing you into the present moment, through guided mindfulness, breathing and visualisation.
- Get active! Exercise won’t make your stress disappear, but it will reduce some of the emotional intensity that you’re feeling. Try Yoga for feelings of zen or an energetic Zumba class to occupy your mind.
- Connect with people. A study conducted at Harvard called Very Happy People, showed that there was a 0.7 correlation between social support and happiness, which is higher than the connection between smoking and cancer. Perhaps think twice about cancelling plans with friends when you’re feeling overwhelmed with stress, furthermore, make more time to connect with people, especially your loved ones.
- Create daily rituals or a routine that includes things that make you feel your best. We like to recommend our energising body oil to clients, a revitalising and zesty body oil to awaken the senses. The perfect product to add to your morning routine.
- Schedule in meditation and take control. The act of taking control in itself is empowering and therefore a great way to relieve overwhelming feelings of pressure or stress. Meditation is a technique in which you are aiming for mindfulness, “knowing directly what is going on inside and outside ourselves, moment by moment” (Professor Mark Williams, former director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre). By aiming for this state of mind, you will learn to be in the present moment, helping to understand yourself better and prevent feelings of worry over things you cannot control.
Although stress isn’t a medical diagnosis and there is not specific treatment for it, if you are experiencing lots of signs of stress, there are treatments that could help. We recommend heading to MIND, a mental health charity website for any further information: