Stress Awareness Month

How to let go of your worries during stress awareness month

April is Stress Awareness Month, which serves to raise awareness of how stress can negatively impact the body and mind. Here are some tips on how to de-stress your life and channel your inner peace.

Stress Management Society is running a free 30-day Challenge throughout April. During the challenge, you are encouraged to pick one action a day to improve your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing.

The month-long programme aims to maximise your chances of turning useful knowledge and techniques into positive behavioural change.

For more information, head to stress.org.uk/30daychallenge 

Yoga

It’s common knowledge that yoga is one of the best ways to relax and unwind, whilst remaining active. Most yoga classes operate as a group and use physical, mental, and spiritual practices to detach from the stresses and pressures of everyday life.

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Hotpod Yoga – Newcastle

Europe’s largest yoga business has landed in various spots across the North East, after a success of 100,000 participants in over 50 locations around the globe.

Hotpod yoga illustrates a coordinated flow of active and passive movements that simultaneously exercise the body and calm the mind.

The Hotpod experience involves stepping into an immersive pod in 37° heat, designed to set the scene for the most relaxing environment possible.

Once inside, you will move to relaxing sounds in a pod filled with calming scents. The setting is said to be suitable for all levels of yoga experience and encourages first-timers to go along and meet the talented instructors.

Hotpod Yoga has locations in Morpeth, Whitley Bay, Newcastle, Gateshead, and Sunderland.

Yoga x Life – Newcastle

These light-filled serene studios are the ideal space to take part in a yoga class that allows you to de-stress and recharge. Yoga x Life runs wellness routines, personal coaching, and daily classes to reconnect you with your body and mind whilst staying active.

They also offer puppy yoga classes for the ultimate cuteness overload whilst you unwind, as well as therapeutic massage, reflexology and facial treatments.

Just in case that wasn’t enough, they also offer Shaman Counselling and Energy Healing, as a practical solution to the challenges of everyday life. 

There is a vegan/gluten-free café on site to catch up with friends after your enriching experience.

Yoga x Life also works with international yoga retreats in Ibiza, Portugal, Bali and Italy, where you’ll be surrounded by vibrant nature, fuelled by delicious cuisine, rested thoroughly, and influenced by colourful culture to give you a once-in-a-lifetime experience of relaxation and rejuvenation.

Bryson Court, Portland Road, Newcastle, NE2 1DW

Shore Yoga – Whitley Bay

Located near Whitley Bay seafront, Shore Yoga provides a wide range of classes and experiences to push away the commotion of the day-to-day and take some time out to focus on you.

They offer a variety of yoga courses such as vinyasa, restorative, yin, as well as their impressive collection of pregnancy and post-natal classes and wellbeing groups.

Their idyllic location allows them to run classes from the shores of King Edwards Bay, where you can watch the sunrise whilst reconnecting with your soul.

5 Earsdon Road, Whitley Bay, NE25 9SX

Meditation

Meditation is a fantastic way to manage stress, increase patience and tolerance, and reduce negative emotions.

A huge benefit to meditation is that you can do it from the comfort and convenience of your own home, whenever it suits you. Here are three of the top-rated meditation apps to help you kick back, relax, and reach ultimate tranquillity.

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Headspace

Headspace is an app that provides you with an organised compilation of easy-to-use guided meditation courses, designed to help you relax and unwind.

The app contains daily meditations, sleep sounds, stress relief and coping meditations, focus and productivity courses, and fitness and tension release.

Calm

Another great app for meditation is Calm, which is said to help you discover a happier, healthier version of yourself through meditation, sleep stories, music and more.

They offer a 10-minute quick session every day – perfect for those who lead busy lifestyles. Their guided meditations are available in lengths of 3 to 25 minutes, allowing you to choose the perfect length to suit you.

Balance

Reduce your stress, improve your sleep, and reconnect with your inner self through personalised meditation programmes.

Learn meditation fundamentals and clear your mind anytime, anywhere with an app that boasts benefits such as reduced stress, better sleep, increased focus, and happier emotions.

Walks in Nature

Another effective way to kick stress is to take a walk. Whether it be a few miles long or a five-minute stroll around the block, getting your steps in is a guaranteed mood booster. 

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Jesmond Dene

Known as a haven of peace and tranquility, Jesmond Dene follows the river Ouseburn between South Gosforth and Jesmond Vale.

The area is a sanctuary for spectacular wildlife, notably the Kingfisher and Red Squirrel, and many woodland birds.

Take a stroll along the Dene, stop off for an ice cream or coffee from Millfield House café, and head along the track to find the picturesque waterfall. 

Within Jesmond Dene is Pets Corner, a free to enter family-friendly attraction where you’ll find an array of animals including alpacas, pigs, goats, sheep, rabbits, colourful birds (which may talk to you if you’re lucky!) and many more.

Whitley Bay to Tynemouth

Arguably, one of the best coastal walks in the North East is from Whitley Bay to Tynemouth. Hop on the Metro to Whitley Bay, head down to the seafront, and walk along the coastline to Tynemouth.

Take in the fresh sea air and pop into one of the many bars, restaurants, and cafés you’ll find along the way. 

The walk is approximately three-mile long and will take you just under an hour.

When you arrive in Tynemouth check out the Priory and Castle, or you may have worked up an appetite for one of the various fabulous fish and chip restaurants that Tynemouth has to offer.

Seaham to Crimdon

Part of the Durham Heritage Coastal Walk, the 11-mile walk from Seaham to Crimdon is perfect for those who like a long-distance walk. With plenty of time to organise your thoughts, it’s the ideal way to relieve stress and feel refreshed.

Discover the spectacular grasslands, incredible coastal dunes and the rich heritage that moulds this coastline into a unique and fascinating setting.

Have a pit-stop at one of the coastal villages for a quick refreshment, and then take in the outstanding cliff-top views.

Cold Water Swimming

Cold water swimming, though it may seem like an intense activity, has many health benefits, namely, an increased tolerance to stress, a boost to self-esteem, decreased inflammation, increased immunity, radiant skin, and a post-swim high like nothing else you will have ever experienced.

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Steam and Salt – King Edward’s Bay

Steam and Salt offers a unique sauna experience like no other. After a rejuvenating dip in Tynemouth’s King Edward’s Bay, head over to the pop-up pods, where you’ll enter a sauna experience, designed to help cleanse and detoxify your body, and relax and relieve your mind from stress.

The benefits of sauna therapy are amazing, it can improve your cardiovascular health, reduce stress, relieve joint and muscle tension, remove toxins, and aid in weight loss – what’s not to love about all that?

Sweethope Loughs – Northumberland

Sweethope Loughs are two freshwater lakes that are almost one mile in length and are the headwater of the Wansbeck River, which flows its way to the North Sea through some of Northumberland’s most breathtaking scenery.

H2o Trails offer outdoor swimming sessions in the Loughs, which generally have temperatures of around 10° in April. Their services include group lessons, sunrise swims, kid’s lessons, 1-2-1 sessions, water polo, and so much more.

Featherstone – Haltwhistle

Just a short walk from Featherstone Castle is a hidden gem of a swimming spot. If you’re fortunate enough to stumble across it, there is an accessible wild swimming location in the river with a small sandy beach which is known to be a suntrap in the summer months, the perfect place to cool off whilst enjoying a picnic in the sun.

This is an ideal place to take some time out for yourself and be at one with nature or for gathering your friends and family for a wholesome day out. You can explore further upstream and find smaller pools to paddle in too.