The 4 S’s: Ways To Relax When You’re Feeling Stressed

Just relax!

One of THE most annoying things someone can say to me when I am feeling stressed. Do people think I had never thought of that option? It’s really not a helpful comment at that time. What do you think?

We are all rushing around with busy lives and in some instances, the pressure to get things done in both a personal and professional capacity can weigh heavily upon us. Stress is such a widely discussed topic with more attention nowadays paid to mindfulness techniques or alternative methods to help us cope. I guess the good thing is that if you are feeling stressed right now you really aren’t alone.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) state that 12.5 million working days are lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/7 which gives us an indication of how big the problem actually is.

There are a few simple tips which I use when I can feel that pressure building:

Picture of New York hand stop sign

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Sometimes taking a moment to just pause can really help. It makes you stop, be still. Once you can manage to steady yourself amongst the whirlwind you can think more clearly about what needs to be done. For me, taking that step back helps me list the things I need to do and prioritise them accordingly.

Picture of lady lying on a bed

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Make sure that no matter what you are getting enough sleep, running on empty might work for a short time but when you crash and burn everything all those balls juggling in the air will drop for a while. This can affect your health, mood, career, and relationships. it’s just not worth it.

Picture of lady sat there having a drink on her own

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Whilst saying yes invites possibility into our lives, it’s also okay to say no. Sometimes we have to be selfish and do what we want to. Just for ourselves. At the end of the day no one is living your life but you, if you need the time out or just don’t fancy doing something, it’s completely okay to say so.

Helicopter view of restaurant dinner table

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I always get called this and I love it. I wear my Social Butterfly badge with pride. I am grateful and lucky that I have so many loved ones and friends. It’s lovely when I receive a random message checking in on me to see how my day is going or asking if I fancy a catch up over brunch. It makes you feel good right? Spending time with people who uplift you, support you, encourage you are the people who will help you relax and de-stress. Don’t spend time with those that enjoy pulling you down, and let’s face it there are plenty of them around!

I hope these tips help if you’re feeling a bit stressed. What other ways do you de-stress? I would love to hear about them!

N x

So hey you, yes you…I want to thank you for reading my post. Whether you’ve stuck around since the beginning of my journey or whether you’re new to my blog, thank you for reading and supporting. I genuinely appreciate it.




  1. November 16, 2017 / 9:39 pm

    Great tips! Stopping is so important, helps put stresses into perspective.

    LoneTeenTraveller | Travel Fashion Lifestyle

    • niccimcshane
      November 17, 2017 / 6:03 am

      Thankyou! Yes I think that’s one of my favourites – it just helps to stop and just pause!

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