Jobs, kids, social commitments – life can soon get on top of us. With so much to fit in, it’s no wonder we get a little stressed from time to time.

So, what’s the answer?

If you’re struggling to find a way to wind down, check out our list of 10 natural ways to destress for some inspiration.

1. Step outside & instantly feel calmer

When was the last time you stepped outside without purpose? Not to go to the shops, or walk the dog, but simply to take five? If you can’t remember, now’s your chance.

Go outside and find a quiet, natural location to sit, or lean – it could be a park bench or a farm fence. Fill your lungs with fresh air, and your eyes with the stunning surroundings.

You should feel a sense of serenity, and gratitude. It’s a time for you and you alone to connect with the world around you and escape the craziness for a while.

2. Ask yourself: why are you stressed?

Escaping for a while isn’t for everyone. If you’re more of a proactive person, you may prefer to sit down and contemplate why you’re actually feeling stressed at all.

Is it your job? Your partner? Is the commute getting you down? Or perhaps it’s bills? By facing up to the cause of your stress, you will be able to come up with solutions to solve it.

This will not only have a calming effect in itself, but also help you work towards preventing stress in the future.

If you want to be even more proactive, take a look at these 17 ways to keep calm in a stressful situation for future use.

3. The benefits of ‘me time’

We’ve all heard of ‘me time’, but how many of us actually get any?

Often we feel bad taking time out for ourselves, but it can be a wonderful way to de-stress naturally.

I challenge you to forget the clothes that could be getting ironed, or the dishes that could be getting washed one night a week. Instead, put your feet up, and do something you rarely get ‘time’ to do. It could be reading. It could be an episode of Desperate Housewives. It could be a bubble bath and a facemask – or perhaps you’ll go out and do all three?

Life is stressful, but it can also be fabulously fun. A little me-time once in a while will help you keep a good balance between the two.

Stuck for ideas? Check out Collette’s guide, how to the best bath ever for a real treat!

Still looking for that magic cure?

4. A poor diet could be making you stressed

We often speak of the importance of a good diet for our bodily health, but did you know the effects food can have on mental health too?

A poor diet will make you feel sluggish, fatigued and moody, whilst a nutritious one will leave you feeling energised and ready to take on anything.

Food is an amazingly powerful tool that we should use wisely. This means eating healthy, natural food when possible to power and fuel our days, but also indulging in chocolate and other treats when it takes our fancy.

Eat wisely, and you will be better equipped to cope in times of stress.

5. Can smiling really make you happy?

You may not feel like smiling, but it might just help you de-stress naturally.

The act of smiling itself is enough to release feel-good endorphins which relax the body and reduce stress levels.

The moral of the story?

Next time your feeling stressed, pause, and find something to smile about – even if it’s nothing at all. You’ll experience an improved mood almost instantly.

6. How exercise can help you manage stress

Stress can be due to many factors and also manifest itself in many different ways.

Perhaps stress makes you more emotional, or maybe you even experience bouts of anger?

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