Monday, 22 January 2018

5 Ways To De-stress...And Lower the BP!

Back in November I wrote about how I had been put on medication for high blood pressure after a scare with my health. As I wrote back then it felt like every little stress had built up and finally imploded and I was knocked for six. 
Almost 2 months on I'm delighted to say my blood pressure has lowered and I'm feeling a lot better in myself. I took a few steps to help me along the way - food, exercise, de-stressing even decluttering made a difference. So I'm going to share my few tips in the hope that they might help someone else who is feeling overwhelmed, stressed out or anxious. 

Today I'm going to share my 5 favourite ways to de-stress:

Music - I lost my love of music for a while in the hustle and bustle of life but it was the first thing I turned to when I really need to bring myself back down to a calmer level and begin to de-stress properly. I always have a cd on in the car mostly to block out the sounds my car is making but it had been a while since I just put some music on and sat back and listened. I'm mostly listening to my "Chill" playlist on Spotify at the moment and I have it on while I'm pottering around the house, reading, on the computer or even just to lie back on my bed and close my eyes for a while. Music was a huge part of my life for ages so it feels good to rediscover my love for it again and allow myself to switch off while listening.




Colouring - I know this has been a bit of a "thing" recently but it's something that I've always enjoyed. Before adult colouring books were readily available I was known to buy kids ones and just spend some time zoning out while colouring them in, I still have them under the bed in my parents house. I just find it so relaxing, picking a colour theme and losing myself in the task for a while. I spend a lot of the evenings on my own once Luke is in bed as the OH works so it's a nice way to relax and pass the time.




Relaxation Apps - I was recommended a couple of apps from some of my fellow bloggers over in IPB and they really do work. I can't remember of this one in particular was one of them but I downloaded one called "Sleep Pillow" and it has different sounds and noises. You can download a a heap of them but I've just been using the free ones and they are so handy if you are finding it hard to switch off at night, which I usually do. There's nature sounds, weather, waves, a robin, streams etc My favourite ones are the waves and the wind / rain one, you'd think I'd have enough of that in real life with the weather we are having at the moment! They just distract the mind enough for it to wind down and before I know it I am conked.




Reading - A former love of mine and one I've very much neglected since L came along. I used to love reading, escaping into the story for a while. In recent years I've found it impossible to shut off enough to concentrate on a book but I'm slowly getting back into it. My book choices vary greatly and I stocked up on some new ones in the Christmas sale as well as receiving some as presents so I have plenty to choose from. A page or two a night and I won't be long building up my reading stamina once again.



Candles - Nothing relaxes me more than turning off all the main lights, leaving just a lamp on and lighting my favourite scented candles. I use mostly Yankee candles but I couldn't possibly pick my favourite scent. I've also had a couple of Tipperary Crystal ones too. There's something so relaxing about a flickering flame and dimmed lights while I'm reading or watching a program or even just sitting back and listening to some music. Candle light creates a cosiness in the house, like a warm blanket, I'm all about hygge at the moment! 


Do you have any particular thing you like to do to relax, unwind and clear the head? I'd love to hear!

11 comments:

  1. I'm with you on music and reading! I love a hot bubble bath with a glass of wine and Netflix on the iPad to unwind :) xx

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    1. I always have great intentions of a bath with a glass of wine but always make it too and last about 5 minutes in it! I do love a nice bath with a bath bomb form Lush as a bit of pampering every now and then :)

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  2. I love lighting a candle and reading a book, it definitely helps me. Never thought to use relaxation apps, so that's definitely something I need to try.

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    1. I think that's a common way to destress and free in your own home so definitely one I need to utilise more :)

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  3. I am glad that things have improved for you. I find colouring and reading so relaxing. I recently found one of my favourite series has a colouring book too, each page has a quote from the series and a picture from an important scene to colour in. It's fab!

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    1. Oh that sounds fab! It really is so relaxing :)

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  4. Fantastic news that your blood pressure has lowered somewhat. My dad was put on tablets for high blood pressure and has recently been taken back off them after implementing a gentle exercise regime and after a year of eating healthily. I hope yours continues to improve :-)

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    1. Oh great news for your Dad! I'm hoping to be able to come off them myself soon, fingers crossed :)

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  5. I always read and this helps me. But recently I've started to listen to music and this has been really helping me. You can help but be uplifted

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    1. I totally agree, music is always my go to mood changer :)

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  6. I love an adult colouring book, they are so relaxing! Great list :)

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