4 ways to keep calm and carry on

You’re not alone if you feel your stress levels rising at the moment. Here are four sure-fire ways to rediscover your calm and get some rest

Let’s be honest — modern life isn’t always easy.

Between world events and the rising cost of living, things are just emotionally draining.

Add to that the ever-blurring lines between home and work and the normal challenges of kids, relationships and trying to maintain a social life, and it is not surprising stress abounds.

The link between stress and sleep

Scientists have spent years examining the links between stress, a busy mind and sleep.

They have found that not only can stress adversely affect sleep quality and duration, but that insufficient sleep may also increase stress levels.

That’s because sleep loss triggers your body’s stress response system, leading to elevated stress hormones, which further disrupts your slumber.

The good news? There are things you can do.

Try these practical tips to quiet the mind and reduce your stress.

1. Limit your access to news and keep things in perspective

You might like being connected to current affairs 24/7 but there is growing evidence an endless stream of negative news can affect your mental health.

Set some boundaries around the amount of news you watch, perhaps 30 minutes each morning and night.

And try to remind yourself that many of our current situations are temporary.

2. Stay active and in touch with nature

Even just a 15-minute walk each day can have a positive impact on your mood and leave you feeling re-energised.

As well as providing physical benefits, researchers have found that exercise can reduce symptoms of mild anxiety and stress.

Studies have also found physical activity has a direct impact on improving the quality of sleep in people aged over the age of 40 with sleep difficulties.

3. Mindfulness and meditation

People have been meditating for thousands of years but in more recent time, mindfulness has become a popular and effective way to manage stress and improve wellbeing.

A wealth of research shows it is effective in changing our brain and biology in positive ways, improving our mental health.

Try to carve out some time in your day to meditate or do some yoga, or do whatever it is that helps you slow down and breathe.

4. Reach for Rest&Quiet

Rest&Quiet Calm Formula Spray is made with Dr Bach’s original Bach Flower Remedies, traditionally used to calm the mind and relieve symptoms of stress and mild anxiety.

Australian-made using Bach flowers sourced from the UK – and manufactured to Dr Bach’s original potency method and specifications – the formula helps provide a restful and quiet mind for life in the 21st Century.

The perfect helping hand when life gets “big”, simply apply two sprays on to your tongue to help you find your calm.

The vegan, alcohol-free formula also comes in pastilles and a dropper.

There is also a Rest&Quiet Sleep Formula, suitable for night time, to help relax your mind from all the busyness of your daily life.

Traditionally used to calm the mind and relieve sleeplessness, it supports you to still the mental chatter and wake refreshed the next day.

* This post is brought to you by Rest&Quiet Calm Formula. Always read the label and follow the directions for use. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.