Stress. It's something we all feel from time to time in varying levels and we're always on the look for ways to combat stress. It's important to understand while stress cannot just disappear, it can be managed and reduced, making everyday life far more enjoyable. You may realise you're stressed if you notice a decrease in sleep quality, suffer changes in mood, increased anxiety and general fatigue. \nWe've pulled together some of our top tips to help you along the way in your stress relieving journey, helping to improve your overall wellbeing. \n\n1. Mindful Practices \nFeel the world around you\nTaking in your surroundings is a great way to boost your mood and help your mind and body feel harmonised. Try to identify 5 things for each sense (taste, touch, see, hear, smell) and describe these to yourself, including how each makes you feel. This technique can help calm your brain, distracting from any ongoing stressors and help reframe your mind to focus on the small positives! \nThere are many other mindful practices like daily gratitudes, journaling, breathing exercises and more. It's important to find one that suits you best. \n \n2. Soothing Scents\nTry aromatherapy to calm your mind and body\nNever underestimate the power of scent. For centuries aromatherapy has been used to improve both physical and mental wellbeing.\nWhen looking to ease stress, the most popular scent to turn to is lavender and for good reason. Lavender essential oil has been found to reduce restlessness, disturbed sleep and even has links to reducing anxiety. ARRAN Natural’s Calm expression uses the functional fragrance of soothing Lavender and Chamomile to create the perfect soul soothing products. Soak in a relaxing bath with their Body Wash or for moments of wellbeing on the go, try their Pulse Point Oil.\n\n \n3. Move Your Body\nFind joy in everyday movement\nDaily movement is important not only for physical health but also for mental health. The endorphins produced after a run (often referred to as runner's high) is a fantastic example of the benefit exercise has on your overall wellbeing. Of course, running isn't for everyone so find movement that works for your body and schedule. Walking outdoors may soothe you with the welcoming fresh air, or boost your mood with a dance in your kitchen. Any form of movement can help decrease stress levels and improve your overall mood. \n4. Talk \nCommunicate with friends and family\nFeeling stressed may make you feel alone and isolated but it's important to continue to communicate with your loved ones. Find activities to do together to help distract from stressors and bring you joy, or even share your worries with them - you may find resolutions to your problems.