DRINK GREEN TEA
A natural chemical found in green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), can help us de-stress, new research shows. The green tea drinkers tested were both calmer and more attentive. Try Orange & Lotus Flower Green Tea, £1.39 for 20 bags, Twinings
THE 10 MINUTE REVIVER
The brain naturally relaxes and you breathe more regularly if your muscles are allowed to loosen. ‘Try the Beach Pose for 10 minutes every day,’ says respiratory physiotherapist Dinah Bradley. ‘In a quiet place, lie on your back with your hands clasped under your head and knees bent. Feel how this frees up the chest and allows the abdomen to expand. Hold for a few minutes, then repeat at least three times.
EAT YOURSELF CALM
‘Include blueberries, green vegetables and oily fish in your daily diet – all known to help lower levels of stress hormone cortisol,’ explains fitness trainer James Duigan. For a healthy evening snack, eat a peach – it contains a natural sedative.
INHALE A SWEET SMELL
When we’re anxious, we experience a heightened sense of smell as the body goes into survival mode. Take advantage of this by using soothing aromatherapy oils. A perfect combination is Remedies To Roll Relaxation, £5.80, Neal’s Yard, which you apply to pulse points.
And run a warm bath part of your bedtime routine. Add M&S Spa Collection Absolute Calm Bath Essence, £4 with chamomile and lavender, or Dead Sea Aromatherapy Bath Salts With Frankincense Oil & Rose Petals, £6.59.