Posted: by Natasha Wednesday, 12 December 2018 @ 15:42
Taking control of your natural breathing patterns is one of
your body’s best in-built defences against stress. One popular breathing method
is known as Sama Vritti, or ‘equal breathing’. This consists of breathing
deeply in on a count of 4, and breathing deeply out on a count of 4.
Savour the little moments in every day
Sometimes, when you have a lot on your plate, focusing on
the big picture can be overwhelming. It is important to appreciate life’s small
joys, such as your morning coffee or the natural beauty of your walk to work. Keeping
a gratitude journal is a good prompt to savour at least one thing that made you
happy each day.
Take a break from screens
In today’s multi-screen world, it is all too easy to be ‘hyperconnected’:
constantly posting on multiple social media platforms, an engaging with many
information streams. Unfortunately, research has shown that constant exposure
to information, whether it’s negative news streams or aspirational Instagrams,
can have a detrimental impact on our mental health. Try unplugging for a short
period of time every day to help alleviate stress and appreciate the here and
Get a good night’s sleep
It may be difficult to get a full 8 hours sleep every night,
especially during life’s busy periods; however getting enough sleep is one of
the most basic and effective ways to improve your emotional (and physical)
wellbeing. Studies have shown that sleep is truly a mental health elixir and a
lack of sleep can make it difficult to regulate your emotions.
Remember to take a break
All too often, we pressure ourselves to ‘do it all’, which
leads to fatigue and emotional burnout. It is important to accept yourself
wholly. Every person has their strengths and weaknesses, and celebrating your
own is key to feeling calmer and happier. Cut yourself some slack; take joy in
those things you are good at and give yourself respite from situations that
cause you unnecessary stress or self-doubt.
Share your feelings
There is power in accepting and talking about your worries
and anxieties. So many of us try to self-manage our emotions by bottling them
up, but that can occasionally cause emotional outbursts that are upsetting or
confusing to those around us. Be honest with those you love. If you’re
struggling, don’t be afraid to reach out for support.