2021 was going to be a year that left COVID and the stress of 2020 well behind us – however in the first few weeks of this year we have seen little to no change in the state of the world.
It is no wonder so many of us are becoming stressed and our health is being compromised – and now is the right time for us to act and help bust that stress to ensure we stay healthy and happy through the rest of the year.
Today we are looking at some different ways to help you tackle stress at home and ensure that you feel more relaxed and productive this year.
Drink Mint Tea
Mint is a natural relaxant and if you have been having a stressful day it is a good idea to drink a refreshing mint tea not long before you go to bed. This natural and tasty drink is the perfect remedy for a busy mind and it will allow the mind and body to relax ready for a healthy night’s sleep. It will help you to get rid of tension in your muscles and will make a massive difference to your mental and physical well-being.
Eat Some Comfort Food
Sometimes what you need to help combat the anxiety impact on body is a good meal. It is the middle of winter, and there is nothing better on a cold day than a warming and comforting meal to get you through the week. Comfort food not only fills us up but it triggers happy hormones in the body to alleviate stress. A great recipe you can try is this roasted vegetable pasta:
- 200g roasted vegetables (squash, zucchini, sweet potato, eggplant)
- 400g tortellini (spinach and ricotta filled works great)
- 100g diced halloumi
- 200ml tomato sauce
- 100g Parmesan
- 3-4 leaves basil, chopped
- In a large pan, add your tortellini and cook according to instructions.
- In a frying pan – add your diced halloumi and fry until browned on all sides. Set aside.
- Add all of your ingredients into a large pan and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Serve with extra Parmesan cheese.
Get Some Sleep
Sleep is more important than you think and any disruption to your sleeping pattern can have a huge impact on your health. It is important for you to get enough sleep every night to keep your body healthy and to also help you with your stress levels.
One of the best stress busters of all has to be holding someone you love. If you have been feeling a lot of stress recently, it is a great idea for you to cuddle up to someone you love and allow them to help you feel happier and safe. Human contact is such an important part of life and a hug can really go a long way to helping you feel better when you are struggling.
Take on some of these tips this week to help you beat stress and see if they relax you and help you to cope with the state of the world!
Happy New Year!