Finding the balance between work, family, friends, home and planning a wedding might seem a little overwhelming.
It’s important still to have some ‘me time’, even in the busiest of weeks. Here’s 12 ways to help de-stress.
1. Scent to De-stress De-Stress Kit (£20) Neom Organics
The ultimate collection of mini’s to help you de-stress on the go. Expertly blended to help you feel calm and banish stress, the kit includes 3 products from the Neom Scent to De-Stress™ range, 5ml Pulse Point, 5ml On The Go Mist & 10ml Hand Balm. Great to try out the products before committing to spending on the full sizes in the range.
2. this works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray (£15.30) Feel Unique
Infused with lavender and chamomile to help calm both body and mind, this really is the perfect remedy for an effortless night’s sleep. Simply spritz onto your pillow and let the ‘Oil of tranquillity’ Vetivert help to alleviate stress, settle the nerves and establish a feeling of balance.
3.Cowshed Knackered Cow Relaxing Room Candle (£34) John Lewis
With an aromatic blend of essential oils of lavender and eucalyptus to help you slow down and clear your head, ideal to help relax and unwind after a long day.
You might think you don’t have time for meditation in your life or it’s something people only do on a hilltop during some sort of exotic yoga retreat, but trust us, try it. This totally free app has thousands of meditations, from two minute breathing exercises to give you a moment of calm to hour long recordings to help you drift off to sleep if your mind just won’t stop going over table plans.
5. Bath Hut Experience (£50) Fletcher’s Cottage Spa at Archerfield
Nothing says relax and unwind quite like a spa day at the Fletcher’s Cottage Spa is certainly one of the best for the ultimate chilled experience. Alongside other treatments and spa days, the Bath Hut Experience is something a little different and involves two hours’ use of the spa facilities before unwinding with time in your individual bath hut where you can choose from organic hand harvested seaweed to detoxify the body or a beautiful aromatherapy bath to heighten the senses and clear the mind.
We’re not suggesting you take up body building and spend every spare moment at the gym, but a exercise produces endorphins – chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers – and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress. Even a short work out or walk can have a great positive impact on your stress levels. SWD’s Rachel loved Leanne Conroy’s Female Fitness Plan to help get more active over the 10 week programme, including weekly home work outs (no a gym subscription needed!)
7. Pink Hydration Tracker Water Bottle (£14.99) HydrateM8
Instead of grabbing for a can of energy drink when you’re feeling tired and stressed, go for water instead. Studies have shown that dehydration leads to higher cortisol levels—the stress hormone—making it harder to deal with everyday issues. These HydrateM8 bottles are a great way to track how much water you have drank and encourage you to fill up throughout the day.
8. Holistic Silk Lavender Eye Mask (£52) Look Fantastic
Filled with real Lavender for a relaxing, soothing fragrance, the sleep-inducing eye mask blocks out the light, allowing you to experience a moment of pure tranquillity.
9. Now Is Your Chance: A 30-Day Guide to Living Your Happiest Life Using Positive Psychology by Niyc Pidgeon (£7.07) Amazon
Helpful to get you in the right mind frame not only for less stressful wedding planning, but for an overall more positive life and happier outlook.
10. Therapie Calm Balm (£38) Cult Beauty
The mellow base consists of frankincense, sandalwood and vetiver, laced with a crystal infusion of larimar – to stabilise emotions and prevent you feeling overwhelmed. Just apply the soft, sensuous balm (a blend of oils and plant butters) to areas of tension, then breathe deeply to establish a reassuring ‘blanket’ between you and the pressures of modern life.
11. Write It Down, Let It Go: A Worry Relief Journal (£12.99) Amazon
A therapeutic technique to reliving stress and anxiety is to write down your worries and this journal encourages you to record worries on one page and then use the opposite page to reframe anxious thoughts into positive actions or feelings. Just writing down those worries can really help to feel more in control.
12. Lavender Reed Diffuser (£20) Isle of Skye Candle Company
The relaxing scent of lavender is great for calming and this diffuser means the scent continues without being overpowering.