Four wellbeing experts share their personal anxiety-busting tips:
“Classical music has been shown to have an emotionally uplifting effect. In fact, one experiment took subjects and played them Pachelbel’s Canon in D Major three times.
The result? Stress-induced anxiety, heart rate and blood pressure all significantly decreased. Experts say that rather than having this music on in the background, taking five minutes a couple of times a day — or whenever you feel stressed — to close your eyes and immerse yourself in the sound has the most reviving effect.
“There’s also no better soother than made-from-scratch chicken soup. Nutritional therapist Charlotte Watts suggested this, as it’s full of B-vitamins which are the nutrients we lose when we’re stressed (not replacing them can lead to cravings for instant sugar hits like chocolate).
“Lastly, I love a salts bath for the deep and instant relaxation that comes from the magnesium in the salts. Lusciously relaxing.”
“Find what works for you. For me, stress subsides the moment I walk in the countryside. The combination of exercise, the peaceful opportunity to relax and reflect, and being surrounded by the fresh smells, intense colours and effortless beauty is a certain remedy for me.”
“One of my favourite instant stress relievers is to think of a song that you love and hum it to yourself, like Feeling Good or Simply The Best.”
“For me, the best fast way of becoming more relaxed and centred is to spend 10 minutes a day doing nothing... Well, I mean sitting down in a chair with my back supported and feet on the floor, and resting my hands on my abdomen.
Then I breathe slowly and easily, proper abdominal breaths, and I imagine a healing warmth spreading through my abdomen and into my whole body. I then alternate that with the visualisation of a clear soft blue healing light travelling in through my mouth and down through my entire digestive system.