10 Hot: How To Get Some Headspace

15 August 2014 by


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1. Become aware of what helps YOU to relax

“Walking in the park and just emptying your mind; taking a long and indulgent warm bath in the evening; exercising – running, swimming or yoga helps to get me out of my head and into my body; gardening; sipping Jasmine tea on the sofa listening to some chilled music.”

Kristy Cimesa, Founder Of [a target="_blank" href="http://elementalherbology.com/">Elemental Herbology[/a]

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2. Have a morning ritual

“With the speed and intensity of London life, it's important to take time for yourself to start your day off with something you enjoy - even if it's just for 5 minutes this can make all of the difference. For me, I try to start off my day with 10 minutes of yoga. If I'm super rushed, sometimes it's only 5 minutes but even this helps. It gives me a second to breathe, awaken my body and just take a few moments to myself.”

Rhian Stephenson, Wellness Director at [a target="_blank" href="https://psyclelondon.com/">Psycle[/a]

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3. Practice mindful eating

“Getting bogged down at work and eating in front of emails, phones and in meetings can result in more calories consumed, less chewing and inefficient digestion. It’s so easy to plough through meals without even registering them, but taking the time to get up and change environments, slow down and actually chew (and more importantly enjoy!) my food helps appetite and metabolic control for the afternoon but also gives me a second to breathe and detach from work.”

Rhian Stephenson, Wellness Director at [a target="_blank" href="https://psyclelondon.com/">Psycle[/a]

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4. Leave the office behind you after 5pm

“When you come home- take off your work clothes straight away, wear loose clothes made out of natural fabric. This will allow your auric energy to circulate and for your aura to "breath out" the tension of the day. Many spiritual gurus will only wear loose robes knowing how important it is for our energy balance.”

Alla Svirinskaya, Holistic Health Expert

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5. Be aware of your physical surroundings

“Physical space is so important for our wellbeing- we suffocate in constricted spaces and our personalities change based on our physical surroundings.”

Padma Coram, Lifestyle and Wellness Expert practising from [a target="_blank" href="https://www.gracebelgravia.com/grace_online/index.php">Grace Belgravia[/a]

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7. Breathe

“Sounds simple, but I'm one of those people who finds this challenging when I'm stressed. One of our automatic responses to stress can be to hold our breath, which just perpetuates the feeling and often leads to anxiety or pressure in the chest. Whenever I feel stressed, I take a second to check in with my breath.  Am I breathing? Holding? Usually it's the latter, so I stop for a second and take 5 deep breaths. This is so simple and yet so impactful.”

Rhian Stephenson, Wellness Director at [a target="_blank" href="https://psyclelondon.com/">Psycle[/a]

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8. Take a ‘digital detox’

“We live in a hyper-connected world; this can be stressful and negatively affect our health. Embrace disconnecting; incorporate a ‘digital detox’ in to your daily routine one or two hours before bedtime. Un-plugging things like your smart phone and IPad will help your mind to un-plug and relax.”

Elaine Slater, Psychologist

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9. A mindful ritual will improve your wellbeing

“Learning to be more mindful and aware can do wonders for our well-being in all areas of life - stopping and taking notice of what we are doing allows us to get in tune with ourselves and stops us from dwelling on the past and worrying about the future - so we get more out of each day! A simple mindful ritual that I have my clients do is when they apply their facial oil, to just be with the practice, count out the drops pause and breathe in the aroma and see where they feel that in their bodies then on the out breathe they let go of the days stressors‎.”

Annee de Mamiel, Acupuncturist and Aromatherapist

10. Buy white roses

“White roses have an ability to trap negative energy-this is another reason to treat yourself to the bouquet of beautiful roses and to keep on your desk.”

Alla Svirinskaya, Holistic Health Expert

If you do one thing this weekend- get some headspace. Research shows that being more mindful can make your life healthier and happier in a vast array of ways. After all, we all know that prolonged stress is damaging to the mind and body- but by getting some headspace, you can decrease your anxiety levels, sleep better, focus more and have more self-control. Want in? We do.  

Read on to discover the 10 best ways to get some headspace in your day-to-day life. Get ready to bid good riddance to stress, burnout, technology addiction and digital distractions and a sense of constant busyness. Repeat after me- and breathe…


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