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  • Amy | 16th November 2016

    5 Top Tips to help reduce stress and anxiety

    For all you busy people here are 5 Top Tips to help reduce stress and anxiety, particularly with Christmas around the corner! Stress can create agitation in our minds, and physically, so reducing our stress levels can only be beneficial to our mind and body.
    Tip 1 - Meditation enables us to be more centred and focussed, and helps us to control and regulate our emotions. “Meditation is mind without agitation,” says Shrimati Bhanu Narasimhan. And for those of us who say we are too busy to meditate, studies have shown it improves our ability to multitask, so finding that ten minutes a day is worth taking the time out for!
    Tip 2 - Almost any form of exercise can be a stress reliever. Even if you don’t put yourself in the athletic category, a walk is still beneficial to reducing stress levels. Exercise helps to produce more of our feel-good stress busting chemicals called endorphins. And it has even been claimed that certain types of exercise can be like a meditation in motion, as you begin to tune in to your body’s regular movements and forget about your stress, so reducing anxiety.
    Tip 3 - My eleven year old daughter suggested hugs as a way to reduce stress. And I think she’s absolutely right. The hormone oxytocin is released into the bloodstream when you hold someone close, which has been found to lower blood pressure, reduce stress and anxiety, and can even improve your memory! We are definitely fans of hugging in our family.
    Tip 4 - Look for the positives in life. Even in our most stressed out and anxious moments, there will always be something to be grateful for. It is a matter of trying to remain calm and find that positive thought. Keeping a book by the side of your bed and writing down the positive things that happened that day is a fabulous way to end what may have been a stressful day, on a high note. Even something as small as recognising you had five minutes for a cup of tea, or that you noticed a bird outside your window, is a sign of positivity and seeing beauty in all we do.
    Tip 5 - And my last top tip to help with stress and anxiety is to take flower essences. These can help to rebalance your emotions, bringing you back from your negative to your positive. Taken regularly throughout times of stress they can help to support you emotionally in times of need. Tranquility is a particular favourite, helping you to feel calm and centred when all around is fast moving.

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