Chill Out & Relax – 12 Ways To Reduce Stress

Pin Point Your Stress Trigger: Stress is often caused by worry. If you can pin point the actual cause of your major concerns & act to resolve them you will reduce your stress levels.

“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The courage to change the things I can,
And wisdom to know the difference.”

Get organised: Have a plan, write a list, delegate, manage your time and set achievable goals. If you fail to plan, you’re really planning to fail!

Goals keep you focused and motivated. Reward yourself when you achieve the things you set out to do and don’t beat yourself up if you don’t succeed the first time.

Have a positive mindset: If you think you can, you’re right and if you think you can’t, you’re right. If stress is making you negative, try to see the positive side of life. Practice the habit of being grateful for all you have. For example: Rather than focusing on what went wrong today, think of one good thing that happened today.

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Try a hands on approach: Get a massage! Naturally reduces tension held in the common areas of the shoulders, neck and back. If you belong to a private health insurance, you can even get about half of the cost back! Brilliant.

Breathe: It seems ridiculously simple and obvious that we all need  to breathe to survive, but when we are stressed we tend to tighten up & hold our breath and not breathe as deeply. Practice taking slow deep breaths and feel the calm it brings to your whole body.

Find some peace & quiet: Sure, you could listen to meditation tapes or crashing waves if that’s your thing, but if you can simply find a quiet place for around 15 minutes a day (after the kids are finally asleep) to close your eyes & clear your mind, you will find that it refreshes your perspective on the world. If you can actually take the time during the day to go to the beach or down to the park and be surrounded by a beautiful natural environment, you may feel even better for it.

Decorate your home in a way that promotes relaxation:  There’s no home more relaxing than a Beach House! If you work all day in a stressful environment, imagine how nice it would be to come home to a beach side paradise! You’ll feel like you’re on holidays everyday. You don’t have to go crazy and repaint your walls or get new expensive whitewashed furniture to obtain the look, just redecorate with a few quality beach style homewares, light a coconut & lime scented candle or bring a potted golden cane indoors for an instant beach house makeover.

Make time for a little exercise: Happy hormones called endorphins flow through your body when you exercise. They really do make you feel more positive and can significantly reduce stress.

Wake up early: A disciplined person is a happy person. Not only is there an amazing energy in the earlier hours of the day, but you’ll get more done which will ultimately reduce stress.

Eat a balanced diet: If we don’t get all the nutrients our bodies need, it could cause poor health and affect our mental state. When you are in a reduced state of health you are more prone to stress.

Be sociable: People who talk, laugh and share their feelings with others are more able to handle stress than those who don’t

Consider getting a pet: Studies have showed that people who own pets are less likely to suffer symptoms of stress than those who don’t own pets. If you are pretty disciplined and already do most of these things most of the time, it might just be Time For A Holiday! Give yourself a break.

About Nicki Richards

Nicki is a self confessed cushion lover, director and co-founder of Beach Abode Living, an Australian owned and operated company, based on the Gold Coast. Specialising in outdoor cushions inspired by the beach and coastal living, the focus is principally on designing and creating unique, functional and affordable products that allow everyone to enjoy and appreciate the great Australian lifestyle. Style is as important with homewares as it is in fashion, so being 'on trend' requires continual development of ideas and designs, through travel, experimentation and collaboration. Favourite Quote: "You can never over-cushion!"

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