April is Stress Awareness Month and we here at VOYA are urging people to take time out from busy schedules and de-stress. People are so often rushed off their feet, tending to their families’ and friends’ needs that they rarely have the chance to relax and unwind for themselves.
What is Stress?
Stress is a normal part of everyday life. Daily events that are happening around you, initiated by yourself or others can put stress on your body. The human body is designed to react to two different types of stress: good stress and bad stress. Good stress can be positive, keeping you alert and ready to avoid danger. Stress becomes negative when you are faced with constant challenges without having the opportunity to relax in between.This is when stress-related tension builds up.
Good Stress V Bad Stress
Not all stress is bad, some stress can be healthy and can kick in to protect you in times of need. An example would be protecting a child from an oncoming vehicle if they wandered obliviously onto a road. In this situation stress motivates you to rise up to the occasion. And in times of emergency, stress can actually save lives. Then there is bad stress, the type of stress that is harmful. This type of stress can have negative physical, mental, and emotional effects on a person causing your body and mind to overreact in situations. This negativity effects the body in many different ways. Some signs include muscle tension, headaches, dizziness, fatigue, heart disease, tiredness and depression, to name a few. In order to manage stress it is important to keep a positive attitude and accept that there are events in your life that you cannot control.
5 Easy Steps to Reduce Stress in Your Life
1. Identify What Is Causing You Stress
The first step in reducing stress is recognizing what is stressing you out. By identifying the underlying problem you will then be able to manage stress better. Ask yourself what is stressing you out? Is it work? Family life? Both? How are you reacting to this stress? There are loads of physical and mental reactions to stress and everyone reacts differently. Understanding how stress is effecting your life and body is the first step to finding the correct life/stress balance.
2. Have Some ‘Me Time’
Take time out for yourself. Sometimes this is easier said than done but even one hour a week just to yourself can completely de-stress you. By doing this it will help you avoid reaching breaking point. Try doing something as simple having a bath, or even better, have you ever experienced a seaweed bath? This is one of the simplest and purest of VOYA’S organic treatment processes and can be done in the comfort of your own home by purchasing our Lazy Days product. With Lazy Days you can create a luxurious spa experience in your own home by soaking Lazy Days in a bath of hot water. This is a real treat and the seaweed will naturally re-hydrate and spring back to life, releasing its soothing and moisturising properties just for you.
3. Get Some Exercise
Getting some exercise on a daily basis is another really good way of de-stressing yourself. By managing stressful situations correctly, you can prevent them from occurring again. By keeping your body in peak condition, you feel lighter and have more energy, leaving you more prepared to manage every day stresses. Regardless of your fitness level, the important thing to remember is to move your body every day. By taking time out to go for a short walk or attend an exercise class it allows you to focus on that activity and not the challenges you faced that day. It is important to identify the type or types of exercise that you most enjoy. Don’t make it feel like a chore make it enjoyable. A short walk or a yoga class are two very easy ways to de-stress but depending on your fitness ability some people prefer to de-stress in a high intensity gym class – whatever suits you.
4. Lavender Lavender Lavender!!!
Lavender is often used to control anxiety, stress, sleeplessness, and depression. Lavender has been listed as the calming cure for almost everything. It is calming yet simultaneously mood-lifting and can easily be introduced into your life through flowers, essential oils, water infusions, skincare products and teas to name a few. Everyone uses lavender in different ways. Some people put it on the soles of their feet to almost instantly calm down the mind and body, others add it directly to a bath, some rub 2-3 drops of lavender oil into their hands and inhale it which instantly calms the brain. Lavender is a key ingredient in many of the VOYA products. One of our favorites is the OH SO SCENTED Lavender, Rose and Camomile diffuser. This soothing fragrance is amazing and instantly distress’s and settles a racing mind. This is a must have in every home, it is perfect for bedrooms or any space in the home that is used for relaxation.
5. Get a Good Night’s Sleep
In order for a human being to function sleep is a necessity. It allows for our bodies to rest and our brains to recharge. Sleep is so crucial that even the slightest sleep deprivation can affect your memory, judgment and mood. It is often difficult to; ’’switch off’ at bedtime, the thoughts and worries of the day are often racing through your mind. One excellent way to elevate this problem is to have a herbal tea before bed and leave your phone charging away from your bedside. Did you know VOYA has a Tea Range? These teas are designed to invigorate, calm and detoxify, your body. The teas are rich in antioxidants and have been crafted to blend the benefits of seaweed with natural flavours and scents. There are three different types: Peppermint Pleasure, Camomile Calm or Fennel Fusion. Camomile Calm is perfect just before bed time.