It is National Bubble Bath Day for the nation and with your Spring Term workload starting, along with the January wave of graduate applications, it is important not to become too overwhelmed.
Not only do you have to be conscious of your academic work and graduate jobs but now we are in our third national lockdown which will be adding to your stress level no doubt. It is now even more important that you take time to relax and find ways to help you de-stress!
This blog has used this National Bubble Bath Day as an excuse to outline 5 tips and tricks for you to help you relax and de-stress. Even taking the time to do just one of these will make a dramatic positive improvement to your days.
1. The Brilliance of the Bubble Bath
Showers may be quick, easy and more convenient especially when you’re always on the go, but you can’t properly relax. It is important to take time to relax and a bubble bath is an ideal way to do this. It relaxes your muscles, rejuvenates your skin and lets you recover from long days. Plus, having bubbles in the bath can actually insulate the water so it stays warmer for longer.
So, go out and buy yourself some bubbles or gift it to a friend! Lush bath bombs sell amazing bath bombs with gorgeous scents and swirling pattern in your bath. If you want something cheaper, Imperial Leather Bubble Bath, available from Superdrug, creates a remarkable foamy bath to enjoy.
2. The Magic of Meditation
Meditation can be a powerful way for you to relax and get everything into perspective. It strengthens your immune system, reduces your blood pressure and controls levels of anxiety. Meditation is also known to enhance the flow of constructive thoughts and positive emotions.
Studies conducted at the University of Wisconsin proved that meditation has a huge impact on the brain. They found that the part of the brain that regulates stress and anxiety actually shrunk when people were meditating regularly. By focusing on moment by moment, people can train themselves to remain calm even in stressful situations.
Meditation can also help you fall asleep if you are struggling with your sleep pattern and sharpen your memory if revising for an exam/essay. This is very important for people now having to work from home. Splitting up your day with meditation intervals can help you manage your time and give you a new sense of energy when you might feel disheartened.
Even a few minutes can make a difference so try to fit it into your schedule!
3. The Excellence of Exercise
I appreciate how some people dread the idea of unnecessary exercise but exercising when you’re stressed can keep you healthy and your mind active. It is also good to remain fit and active whilst in lockdown because it can help your mental health as well as your physical wellbeing. This can be a 10-minute walk around your local park or 1 hour of intense weightlifting.
Some scientists even suggest that doing 3 workouts of 10 minutes is more beneficial than a 30-minute session, so exercising once every few hours could be valuable to helping you destress. Skipping, cycling, swimming, running, walking, circuits and tennis are just some ideas to get you up and about and less stressed.
4. The Crucialness of Connecting
Remaining connected with your friends and family is also vital to destressing. Humans are inherently social creatures, so it is important that even if you’re overwhelmed that you use your networks around you to gain help and support. This is especially relevant now with the third national lockdown. You are allowed to see one person from another household outside in a public area so take advantage of this and go for a walk around the lake with your friends!
Sometimes people have the habit of isolating themselves when they become stressed and your friends and family are good aspects to draw on. Try and take lunch breaks with your friends so you can all share what you’ve been doing or join a new activity or society that meets weekly to give you somewhere to just have fun and forget about any underlying stresses.
5. The Unhelpfulness of Habits
While doing all these destressing activities will be valuable, you should remember that it is equally important to avoid bad habits.
-Stop postponing spending times with your family and friends.
-Stop focusing on proving yourself to everyone and start focusing on improving on your personal development.
-Stop with the self-doubt. Have confidence in yourself.
-Stop holding yourself to a too higher standard. Focus on your priorities.
Make sure you isolate your own bad habits and actively try and identify them so you can help yourself!
The Covid-19 pandemic has caused chaos in many people’s lives, so it is important that you still take time for yourself and don’t let yourself get too overwhelmed! Remember you can also find welfare advice on the RUSU webpage (https://www.rusu.co.uk/advice/welfare/) with a free wellbeing service for students if you are struggling with anything.