Top Tips for a Stress-Free Lifestyle

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2018 is going to see people start to simplify their lives to lead a stress-free lifestyle.

Stress-free lifestyle blogger Cyntra has shared with us tips and new trends, that we can apply to our daily lives, to makes things a little easier and reduce stress.

This year it’s all about health, simplicity and happiness. We expect to see more people reducing their cortisol levels and finding more ways to be mindful in their day to day to reduce stress.

1. Plan your goals for the year but make them bite-sized

New years resolutions are great but most people find them stressful and can end up making you feel like a failure before you have even begun.

Make your new goals bitesize, achievable and timely – like micro goals.

For example; your goal is to eat more plant-based food.

Instead of worrying about every meal being vegetarian or worrying about what to cook for you or for your family/friends – simplify the goal and make it stress-free.

Set a goal that every day you will pack your lunch and include 3 vegetables. Then for your dinner, you will include 3 more. That equates to six portions of vegetables without the stress of worrying about what to cook or catering for other people who are eating with you and you have put your goal first!

2. Introduce stress-free décor to your environment

For me, 2018 is about finding a way to have a stress free lifestyle. No trends no fads, just simple principles to lead a less stressful existence. Focusing on what really matters; our wellbeing.

Décor trends will take on a health-centred approach and embrace them.

My top purchases for de-stressing my decor are:

  • Candles: Starting the day in low light and beautiful smells completely zen’s me out rather than the bright lights.

  • Smart alarm + radio systems: The latest gadgets that can wake you easily into the day, inform you of the weather to help assist in outfit choices and put on your favourite morning playlist to bring you into each day refreshed and organised.

  • Air purifier: Pollution is a body killer. If you live in the city then I would definitely recommend purchasing an air cleaner. This air purifier pulls out pollutants, allergens and nasties to give you cleaner and fresher air. This will help you to breathe easier, be better for your skin and make your environment cleaner.

  • Plants: Fill your room full of nature. Plants not only are proven to relax you but they also soak up Co2 and emit Oxygen back into your room providing you with better air.

    3. Re-nourish your body

Your body detects the slightest changes and stresses and adapts to it by releasing hormones. Fight or flight is one of the body’s first responses to any situation, and if the body is not fuelled correctly, can lead to either under or overeating due to stress.

To enable a balanced reaction to stressful situations, eat nourishing food regularly throughout the day. Healthy, balanced, simple and full of nutrients.

My simple Stress-free days includes (but not limited to):

  • Greek yoghurt with Spoon Berry Fix and blueberries for breakfast

  • Veggies with homemade hummus, my recipe here 

  • A tasty salad loaded with:
    Good fats like avocado or nuts
    Lots of colour; tomatoes, beetroot, broccoli, carrot, sugar snap peas etc.
    A protein eggs, fish, chicken, or tofu
    A drizzle of olive or argan oil
    Sprinkle with herbs for micronutrients (chopped basil and mint is delicious)

  • Delicious Goddess bowls: a base of a grain then layered with veggies, protein, seeds and drizzled with your favourite sauce. Easily made and look beautiful in a bowl.

    4. Simplify your self care

This year take the stress out of all those products and simplify your skin routine. Find your skin type, select the most natural skin regime for you and keep things simple.

Hydration, good fats and a healthy diet are what keeps you looking younger, therefore, your products should only really be to take makeup off, cleanse your skin and re-hydrate. Apart from that – it is all about diet.

5. Make THAT change

You are, what you repeatedly do. If you want a change in your lifestyle, you want to start doing something or stop a bad habit – make that change.

Strength comes from within and it only takes a few days of repetition for something to become a habit.

This is your 2018, make it the best year yet. Start to remove the complications in your life and start to live a more Stress-Free Lifestyle.

Article by Cyntra Charlesworth