You know those days where, maybe it’s just you but it feels like everything is against you – your boss or client is demanding more of your time, your laptop isn’t working, you’re up against a deadline, things are not organised the way you want it, you haven’t slept and there’s not enough hours in the day.

It’s difficult remaining focussed and clear headed when your stress is up and if anxiety sets in. We all contend with this one way or another so is it really possible to break through that feeling on a day like this without reaching for a fat slab of chocolate?

There are some powerful and effective ways that have worked for me and take very little time.
As a massage therapist I believe that the power of touch is massively underrated and in circumstances has certain social taboo which distract from its incredible benefits as a way to heal and feel good.

After a tough day or even when you’re stuck in the day’s dilemmas, take a minute and I mean 60 whole glorious seconds to hug and hold a friend, your partner or someone you feel comfortable with and genuinely hold and hug them – hearts beating next to each other. Hugs are proven to reduce anxiety and cortisol levels (stress hormone) and stimulates dopamine and serotonin – hormones which boosts brain transmission functionality and makes us feel good.

Ok, so what if you’re at the office, I hear you say – you’re not going to hug your boss or the concierge! Assuming you can’t get to a good massage therapist and you don’t have one that visits the office daily; make a habit of massaging yourself. Your hands, your neck, your shoulders and legs and feet – you don’t have to be an expert to reach anywhere that feels tight and put some movement and warmth into the area, releasing muscle tension and encourage the release of endorphins and toxins from your body. It connects you back to your body and how you feel and takes up only two of three minutes of your time.

But let’s say you’re really are up against the clock – or you’re needed on the shop floor constantly – or you’re super nervous about the interview or talk that you have to do and you’re on in any moment. Breathe. Western society have fallen into bad habits when it comes to breathing – usually we take shallow breaths from our chest instead of full long breaths from the bottom of our diaphragm. Don’t starve the body of what it needs! Taking in a large dose of oxygen fuels your brain, fires up your muscles and powers every cell in your body to work.

There are many benefits to taking time and breathing properly:

  • Detoxifies releasing toxins
  • Releases tension
  • Relaxes the mind and body bringing clarity
  • Relieves emotional problems
  • Relieves pain
  • Massages your organs
  • Increases muscle
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Improves posture
  • Improves quality of the blood
  • Increases digestion and improves the nervous system
  • Strengthen the lungs
  • Makes the heart stronger
  • Boosts energy levels and improves stamina
  • Improves cellular regeneration
  • Elevates moods

So, these basic little hacks in your day will make your feel more alert and fluid and bring back your spark and can be done in a matter of minutes!

If you have any questions for Yasmine please share on the comments section of this article.

About Yasmine Holness-Dove
Born in London and growing up in Bedfordshire, Yasmine is an actor, model and a massage therapist and energy worker. She has also worked in corporate organisations in finance, media and hospitality. This background has given her a good understanding of people; the way they work in different ways. It’s also given her the opportunity to see how we can all do simple things, thoughts and practices, then factor them into our everyday lives to improve things without disrupting the everyday routine so they can have more fun and enjoy the fullness of life.


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