Your breath and your body are closely linked. Stress can cause your breathing to speed up, ultimately raising your blood pressure and heart rate, which in turn can cause you to feel more tense and anxious than you already felt.
By focusing on your breathing and slowing it down, your body calms down. Deep breathing increases the supply of oxygen to your brain and stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which promotes a state of calmness.
Breathing techniques help you feel connected to your body—it brings your awareness away from the worries in your head and quiets your mind
- Get Outside
Walking promotes the release of brain chemicals called endorphins that stimulate relaxation and improve our mood, whilst sunlight increases the brain’s release of serotonin, a hormone that is associated with mood-boosting and can help you to feel calmer and more alert.
Forest Walking is a popular past-time for many. With many forests in the UK being home to the wonderful Pine Tree; a walk in the woods can greatly improve your mood – without you even realising it! Alpha-pinene, a natural, chemical compound found in Pine Trees (and Christmas Trees), can help to stabilize mood, reduce feelings of anxiety and lower your heart rate.
- Use Essential Oil Blends & Inhalation
Did you know that inhalation is the fastest way to feel the benefits of essential oils?
That’s why Head Strong #04 with Nasal Inhaler is our favourite the on-the-go stress-buster. A high-impact combination of 10 different essential oils and the targeted bio-active ingredient, all work together to help you feel calmer, more balanced and settled.
Paired with 1-2 minutes of deep breathing, the combination makes for the ultimate stress-buster.
- Make a List
Having a lot to do (especially if there’s time pressure) can sometimes send people into a spiral of stress and anxiety. In these instances, it can help to write down everything that’s on your mind or the tasks that lay ahead of you.
It can help you prioritise and focus on what’s in front of you, rather than feeling anxious that something’s going to slip through the cracks.