Every April, Stress Awareness Month helps shine a spotlight on the familiar, day to day stress we all experience. The Mental Health Foundation found “74% of UK adults felt so stressed at some point over the last year, they felt overwhelmed or unable to cope.” Unfortunately, given the fast-paced world we live in, this statistic is understandable although shouldn’t be acceptable. Stress can feel inevitable and at times, expected, which is why it is so important to actively seek ways to manage and reduce stress wherever you may be feeling it. Our co-founder, Phoebe Greenacre, who is also a qualified yoga and movement therapy instructor, shares her simple yet effective recommendations for reducing stress and finding space for yourself.
1. SLOW DOWN
Who says we have to go a million miles an hour just because everyone around us is? Take this month as an opportunity to slow down. Be mindful at how fast you walk to and from the station, from meetings, to meet your friends. Mindfully go through your day noticing your breath, your thoughts and your overall vibe.
3. BE CREATIVE
Now that you have made some space in your day, wake up, flow with the day and see how you feel. Bake a cake, buy some plants, paint or draw. It is scientifically proven that slowing down and being creative has a huge positive impact on the brain and the levels of cortisol released in the body.
4. BE STILL
You have heard it before from us, and you will hear it again. Meditation is transformational. Not only for stress management but for managing your emotions and mental state. We believe that even 10 minutes a day can have a huge effect on how your day will unfold. Carve out 10 minutes each morning to be still and acknowledge your thoughts. Just sit in silence and focus on your breath, watch your thoughts come and let them float on.