Pour yourself a cuppa
The calming properties of chamomile have been tried, tested and celebrated for centuries. If you’re feeling particularly tense, stick the kettle on, make a pot of chamomile tea and take a few moment to relax with your warming drink.
Head for the gym or go for a walk
Exercise helps to reduce tension by encouraging the release of endorphins. Not only do they relieve pain, these wonderful chemicals can also stimulate relaxation, leaving you in a more mellow, easy-going state.
Light a burner containing a few of your favourite essential oils.
This can be a great way to help calm the mind and body. One study found that soothing your senses with lavender essential oil lowered the heart rate and reduced blood pressure, decreasing the physical response to stress.
Take time out just for you to relax.
Allocate some guilt-free time to look after yourself by reading that book you’ve been meaning to get into, painting your nails or stretching out in a slow yoga slow.
Once you’ve harnessed that quiet, relaxing energy, you can take it with you through the rest of your day.
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