Relaxation exercises to help you wind down

How to deal with stress at work and home

The modern lifestyle is becoming ever more hectic and it’s easy to start feeling overwhelmed. Learning how to relax and unwind is essential to maintaining your health.

How to release stress at work

It’s usually during the working day that stress levels are their worst, but relaxation exercises can help to calm you down.

Breathing exercises to relieve stress

Dealing with workplace stress is a major issue for some people and can leave them dreading the working week. Although certain levels of stress show your commitment to your role, when it starts to get excessive this can have a negative impact on your physical and emotional wellbeing.

Breathing exercises to relieve stress

A good way to calm yourself down during a stressful situation is to take control of your breathing. Not only does this calm the nervous system, it also takes your mind away from whatever it is you’re worrying about and focuses it on your breathing patterns.

The key is to get as much fresh air as possible into your lungs by breathing deeply from right down in the abdomen. By doing this, you take in more oxygen than if you were taking shallow breaths, which relaxes you and relieves any anxiety. To test your technique, place one hand on your chest and one on your stomach. When you take a deep breath in through your nose, the hand on the stomach should rise along with it, whereas the hand on your chest should remain reasonably still.

As you breathe in and out, focus on how your body feels and try to let any feelings of negativity or stress go. A few minutes of this should leave you feeling more positive and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

‘Me time’ – relaxation at home

A pampering skin care routine is an essential part of relaxing in the comfort of your home.

Unwind with indulgent skin care

Taking good care of your skin is a wonderful treat for the body and the pampering experience should help you to relax and de-stress too. For a lot of women ‘me time’ is all about spoiling themselves and making themselves feel good, which means keeping skin smooth, silky and healthy-looking.

One way to ensure that skin is kept soft is by regularly using a body scrub to remove dead skin cells and by following this with a richly caring body moisturiser like NIVEA Body Oil in Lotion Rose and Argan Oil, you can look forward to smoother skin.

5 ways to relax at home

  • Switch off your phone for a couple of hours to save yourself any interruptions.
  • Listen to some calming music as you put your feet up.
  • Try to keep your home clutter free – too many things around you can make it difficult to fully relax.
  • Practicing yoga can be a great way to switch off your mind and boost your flexibility.
  • Sip on some green tea – the perfect calming treat!