5 Top Stress-Busting Techniques For Women

The trials and tribulations of everyday modern life can often take its toll on the best of us. With this in mind, here are some simple yet effective ways to relieve stress and give you that much-needed boost to get you through your working week a little more easily.

1) Be creative

Whilst structure is beneficial for most, the roles and responsibilities of our daily routine can leave us restricted and tense, particularly if we have a high-powered, stressful job or lifestyle. Finding a creative outlet is a perfect way to let off steam, and by playing to your likes and strengths, you can use your spare time to get stuck in to a new pastime or activity that is both fun and constructive. Whether its playing an instrument, making art, cooking, sewing or even singing; embracing your creative side exercises a different and much needed part of your brain. Take 5 or 10 minutes out of your day to get those creative juices flowing. (As you become more creative, you may notice an unexpected bonus of being more intuitive too)

2) Exercise

In today’s society it’s easy to be under the impression that exercising needs to be frequent and vigorous, however this isn’t entirely necessary and for many people, nor is it productive. We all know that a healthy body can be key to a healthy mind, but don’t overdo it. For those of us who don’t particularly consider ourselves athletic, simply spending some time outdoors, taking a brisk walk for example can be equally as effective, as your body needs a good balance between mental and physical stimulation in order to function at its best.

3) Meditate

For the average Joe, the thought of meditating can invite religious connotations and in this sense can seem off-putting to novices. However, the recreational and stress-relieving potential of meditation is second to none, and with a range of books and array of simple tips for beginners now widely available, the art of meditating is easier to grasp than you may think:   It is growing ever popular among western society.

4) Set yourself goals

Focusing on positive aspects of your life can not only motivate you but also give you a sense of direction which is important for self-growth. Dwelling on anxieties and worries clogs up your headspace and puts you in a negative frame of mind when trying to carry on with things. If more than one issue is bothering you, write it down, so you can give it problem solving attention when you need to.  Return to the list at your own pace and try tackling only one point one at a time, perhaps focusing on a new point every few days or week.

5) Listen to music

It may seem obvious but music can be therapeutic and an excellent mood booster. The sense of euphoria that can be created from listening to your favourite track is not to be overlooked. Find a few minutes during the day to listen to something moving or uplifting for a good pick-me-up throughout the day to work off some stress.

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These suggestions have a track record of working for people in this situation. We recommend that you try these tips and see which ones are suitable for you. You may find that other approaches work for you too. Depending on your circumstances, a consultation with your GP may be advised.

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