Alesha’s Tips for Managing Stress

April marks the start of National Stress Awareness month and a chance to increase awareness of the causes and cures to manage stress. With everything that’s going on in the World it can sometimes be overwhelming and combating stress has never been more important.

As our lives get increasingly busy and demanding we need to find healthy ways to cope with stressful situations and find balance to reduce the impact on your mind and body. Everyone’s situation is different and effective stress relief can vary depending on the individual, but there are some general strategies you can use. 

We asked our Founder, Alesha Dixon, how she manages to look after her mind and body and keep her stress levels in check. Here’s Alesha’s tips:

Alesha’s 5 tips to manage stress:

  1. Finding time for Mindfulness - Taking a moment everyday to be conscious of your own thoughts, feelings and the world around you. My top tips here are: 
  • Journaling - This can be really useful to make you more aware of your thoughts and challenges and helps to give me focus for the day and weeks ahead.
  • Music - this has always been a huge part of my life and listening to music can really help to focus and relax and get me to tune into the way I am feeling at particular moments. As a song-writer, I find writing music particularly therapeutic - very much like using a journal, writing songs is a powerful way for me to express my thoughts and become more mindful.
  • Finding a moment for myself - With 2 children and a busy schedule this isn’t always easy! For me walking the dogs in the countryside is one of the best ways to get time to clear my head and I wish I had more time to do this more often. Being in nature and in the fresh air gives me much needed thinking space. At other times, I also recommend a relaxing bath or just sitting on the sofa in the evening, having a glass of wine, switching off from social media and unwinding. 
  1. Keeping to an exercise routine - This has always been my go-to way of keeping positive and feeling energised - making me feel good both physically and mentally. It’s good for the mind and body! Over lockdown, I kept to a routine of working out 4 to 5 days a week from home. I really notice when I can’t find the time to do this, especially as life has gone back to normal it’s harder to always fit this in. I find the best way to keep the routine is to train in the morning before all the other tasks of the day get going and I make a conscious effort to make sure this time is booked in the diary with my trainer, Janet Malinowska.
  1. Eating healthily - Again, this has a dual benefit to both the mind and the body. I really try not to eat too much processed food and eat plenty of fruit and vegetables. I love to have a daily smoothie and make sure I’m getting the right amount of protein and nutrition after I work out. I ensure I take my daily dose of Nobleblu supplements. Particularly at the moment, I’m finding that my Nobleblu Focus and Balance supplements are giving me that extra edge that I need to keep me going and feeling level.
  1. A good night’s sleep - As a Mum to a toddler, this is a rare event in our house! We all feel the impact of not getting enough sleep. I try to unwind in the evening and stop looking at emails before bed, but it isn’t easy and it’s one of my constant challenges when I’m trying to catch up on all the emails and messages from the day. I’ll often try to switch off by having a relaxing bath or having a facial, lighting a candle or using a pillow spray.
  2. Be kind to yourself - I think it’s important to be kind to yourself. My mantra and now NobleBlu’s mantra is ‘Balance of Life’ - for me life is all about balance. It’s important to be kind to yourself, find time to have fun and not be too strict with your routine - whether that’s what you eat or drink or your exercise routine. Find balance in what you do with flexibility to stray off your regular routine. Try to mix things up a bit so life doesn’t feel so mundane and remember there’s nothing selfish about making time for yourself. 

For more tips for managing stress take a look at Mental Health UK for some useful tools: Health and wellbeing - Mental Health UK (mentalhealth-uk.org)

 

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