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Mind & Body

7 simple ways to soothe stress

Anne Hathaway as put-upon assistant Andy in The Devil Wears Prada, 2006

Feeling overwhelmed by your chaotic schedule? These tried-and-tested techniques and formulas will keep your anxiety levels under control. By VICTORIA CRAWFORD


Last year, a Scientific Reports study suggested that stress could be just as damaging to our digestive system as processed food, and yet few of us are likely to make any dramatic lifestyle changes to ease our anxiety levels. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to loosen the tightness in your chest and lull you to sleep when your mind refuses to switch off at night.


Best for: On-the-go relief

This pocket-sized scent has the power to quieten a hectic mind wherever and whenever you might need it. While the lavender gently relaxes, the jasmine subtly helps to lift your mood and refocus your thoughts. Roll the scent onto your pulse points, take a deep breath in and hold for four seconds before releasing to reap the calming benefits.

Best for: Stressed-out skin

When we’re stressed, our skin often feels oilier and is more prone to breakouts. While it can be tempting to panic-apply abrasive scrubs and drying lotions, the best solution is to reach for alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), such as the lactic and glycolic found in this lightweight serum, which slough away dead skin and rebalance oil production.

Best for: Calming your mind

If you like your beauty products to multitask, then you will love this. The lightweight, nourishing oils condition and soften your hair overnight, while a concoction of lavender and chamomile extracts work on slowing down a whirring brain. If you’re concerned about it making your hair look flat, just apply a pea-size amount to the ends.

Best for: A full-body SOS

We often focus on the mental impact of stress but give little thought to its effects on the rest of the body. Whether you’re feeling sore, tight and achy from hours spent hunched over your desk, or because you’ve been letting off steam at the gym every night this week, a 20-minute soak with these salts will relax your muscles and leave you feeling lighter on your feet.

Best for: Relaxing your jaw

We all store stress differently, but the jawbone is a particularly common area. Press your fingers along your jawbone and if it feels tender or sore, it’s likely that you’re a jaw-clencher. Regularly massaging the area with a face roller helps to loosen and release any stress. Admittedly, it can be uncomfortable to start with, but roll for one minute every evening after cleansing and you’ll notice a difference within a few days.

Best for: Boosting your mood

If you know you’re going to have a hectic day, it’s worth upping your vitamin B intake as this particular group helps your body deal with stress and regulates your mood. Perform Supplement contains a broad range of B vitamins including B12, which helps to support your nervous system, and bacopa, a natural herb known to relieve anxiety.

Best for: Settling your nerves

If your chest feels overwhelmingly tight regularly and you struggle to keep your mind focused on one task, it might be worth switching your fragrance. At first sniff, The Nue Co. Functional Fragrance’s blend of green cardamom, bergamot and jasmine might smell like a delicious smoky scent, but as it works its magic on your mind, you’ll notice a difference in your mood, too. The first of its kind, it works as an anti-stress supplement and helps to lower your levels of the stress hormone cortisol.

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