9 WAYS TO FEEL CALM
Tiny changes that will ease your worries
Create a playlist
Whether you love Adele or Coldplay, creating a playlist of soothing songs to listen to can help you relax. Research suggests that when you listen to a slow tempo song, your brain waves sync with the rhythm, helping you feel calmer. So put on your headphones for five minutes of me-time or play out loud so your toddler can reap the benefits too.
Draw parallel lines
Drawing can give you the same relaxing benefits as colouring in, but if you’re not sure where to start or what to sketch, grab a pencil and paper and simply draw straight lines on the page. The repetitive action absorbs you fully in the moment, plus you might be pleasantly surprised by what you create!
Coffee might give you energy when you’re flagging at the end of the day, but the caffeine content can leave you feeling wired and restless hours later. Brew up a cup of green tea instead. It contains theanine, an amino acid, which has a calming effect on your nervous system.
Hide your phone
Regularly checking social media can bombard you with information in minutes, even if it’s just having a quick scroll through Facebook or Twitter. Put your phone out of sight for an hour or so and let your mind fully switch off.
Find your happy place
Where’s your favourite place to relax? Whether it’s a beach, leafy woodland or in a hot tub, visualising this special spot can help you feel serene. Sit on your bed, close your eyes, then slowly count backwards from 10. Picture yourself in the location and imagine the sounds, scents and feel of sun or water on your skin. Once your mind is fully there, take 10 deep breaths and slowly count back up to 10, then open your eyes and feel calm.
Lavender can help reset stress levels to normal, so try spritzing a lavenderinfused mist toner over your face and neck. The alcoholfree blend contains rose and lavender extracts to help you relax, and cools you down on a warm day.
Hugging for as little as 10 seconds can reduce your stress levels and lower your blood pressure, as well as helping you feel more bonded to your partner. So if you’re too tired for words or feel like ships in the night, simply having a quick cuddle every day can help you feel calm and content.
Empty your mind
When you’ve been up doing a night feed, it can be hard to get back to sleep, especially when your mind is whirring. Keep the 3am Journal by your bedside, as the act of writing something down can help remove it from your mind, helping you feel more peaceful.
Snack on strawberries
Not only do dark-chocolatedipped strawberries seem like an indulgence, they can actually help you chill out. Dark chocolate helps lower cortisol, the hormone responsible for making us feel stressed, while the vitamin C content of strawberries reduces the number of free radicals your body produces when under pressure. Plus, they’re fun and easy to make with your toddler. Simply dip eight strawberries into 85g high-quality, melted dark chocolate, then cool in the fridge for 30 minutes and tuck in. Yum!