LEARN TO SWITCH OFF
Stress increases cortisol, which puts the brakes on your immunity, leaving your body open to all kinds of infection. The antidote? Find a low-tech activity that calms you, then find a way to squeeze it into your schedule every day of the week.
» Jigsaws are great, as the hand-eye combo really engages the brain, keeping you in the moment. Searching for that crucial piece of sky/sea/ building lets you forget about everything else for a while.
» Journalling encourages us to switch off too. Getting our thoughts down on paper is cathartic, and helps us organise our minds and see things more clearly. Let It Out: A Journey Through Journalling by Katie Dalebout is a great guide for getting started.
» Knitting can be a super soother equal to meditation, thanks to those rhythmic movements. “A messy head can be liberated by the ritual of knitting mindfully,” says Rachael Matthews, author of The Mindfulness in Knitting.»