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STRESS LESS

2nd September 2015

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How not to tear your hair out when back to school havoc hits…

 

It’s that time of the year again: The new pencils are sharpened and ready, the name tags have been laboriously sewn into the school uniform – and you have a ‘to do’ list as long an entire class of children’s arms to get through. Back to school havoc is here once more.

 

But there are ways and means to help you stress less. So look on Inside Elemis as your own shiny new pencil case of goodies, designed to help you locate your inner Buddha – even when she seems lost for good.

 

Munch: A study recently published in Psychiatry Research claimed that fermented foods help foster good bacteria in the gut, which in turn affects the brain, helping to alleviate feelings of anxiety. So spoon up yoghurt for breakfast, pick pickles for lunch then serve up some sauerkraut with supper.

 

Yogurt with granola and fresh blueberries, in glass bowl over old wood background. Vintage effect.

 

Watch: I Don’t Know How She Does It – the book-turned-film hit of 2011. Because seeing Sarah Jessica Parker’s character struggle with that same endless ‘to do’ list will make you smile – even after the longest ever day on your feet.

 

Breathe: When all around you seem to be losing their heads (and homework), Quite Mind Balm helps clarify the mind and bring order to your thoughts. Keep some handy and dab it on your pulse points or behind your ears when you fear you’re reaching breaking point.

 

Do: Reach for the crayons. Surprising but true, a recent smash hit on Amazon has been colouring books for adults that are specifically designed to lure you into an activity that uses alpha brain waves and calms that butterfly mind. The fact that you can do it alongside the kids is a bonus. Try this one The Mindfulness Colouring Book: Anti-Stress Art Therapy for Busy People by Emma Farrarons.

 

Read: Doing a last minute email check seconds before you turn your lights out is no way to snare restful sleep. So snuggle down with Anthony Doerr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning All The Light We Cannot See. The story of a French girl’s life colliding with that of a German boy in occupied France during World War II will take you back in time to a world away from your worries.

 

Use: A trio of beauty tricks to bring out that inner Buddha fast…

 

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