Living in the digital age we’re constantly connected whether that be to work or the media. We’re just one quick swipe, one email, one notification or one phone call away, never allowing us to switch off and unwind which is heavily impacting on our mental health. Since the digital age began there has been a dramatic rise in stress, anxiety and depression especially in the younger generations and the corporate world.
If you’re finding it hard to switch off and unwind, try some these tried and tested pointers below.
TAKE A BATH
Baths have been scientifically proven to relieve stress, aid in sleep as well as having numerous health benefits including reducing blood pressure, clearing toxins and relieving muscle and joint pain. Couple a warm bath with a handful Epsom salts, a few drops of essential oils, candles and a relaxation playlist for ultimate relaxation.
The soothing power of music has been well established and has been used for thousand of years to treat illnesses and restore bodily harmony. Listening to relaxation or soothing music helps your body and elevates your mind. This elevation of mind and self-awareness helps you connect to inner peace allowing for deeper meditation and sleep and as well as activating the bodies natural ability to heal itself.
As well as listening to relaxation music at home it is found that listening to it at work increases your productivity levels.
Stress normally shows on your face through wrinkles, acne and dull dry skin. Natural clay masks will absorb toxins, chemicals and impurities in your skin leaving you feeling hydrated, smooth and glowing. Try a face mask while having a bath or listening to music.
DIM THE LIGHTS
When the sun goes down or darkness occurs the body produces a hormone called melatonin which tells your body it’s time for sleep. To help your body unwind and make falling asleep easier, start dimming the lights and avoiding screen time an hour before bed.
Yoga has been practised for thousand of years and is known for the numerous benefits it has on the mind and body. If you practice yoga regularly you will find it not only relieves stress but also prevents it as well as reducing depression and anxiety resulting in an overall better mood.
Evening yoga reduces mental and physical tension allowing you to unwind and drift off to sleep that much sooner.
Essential oils are widely known for their calming and relaxing properties and can be used in a number of different ways. Create a soothing pillow spray, spritzing your pillow before bed to ease into sleep, add to a relaxing bath or burn in an oil burner to fill your house and reap the aromatic benefits. Lavender, rose, lemon balm and bergamot are some of the favourites, however, there are many different oils and combinations to suit everyone.
How do you unwind after a stressful day?
If you think you are suffering from a mental illness and none of the above help, please contact a licensed psychologist.