Stress busting ideas from Aberafan Shopping Centre

April is National Stress Awareness Month, and the circumstances we have going on in the world at the moment have introduced a whole new level of stress and anxiety into our everyday lives. So, we thought we’d give you a few suggestions of things you can pick up on your weekly shop at one of our essential stores, aimed at helping you deal with those lockdown blues and any associated stress.


Aromatherapy has long been known to help deal with stress. Lavender oil in particular is prized for its calming effects on the mind and body and is very useful in reducing stress and anxiety symptoms. Boots has a fantastic range of aromatherapy kits, along with a large selection of medicinal products aimed at lowering anxiety levels and keeping you calm. The Tisserand Aromatherapy Little Box of Mindfulness is a great place to start.

Fruit and herbal teas

We all know the relaxing benefits of a nice cuppa, but too much caffeine can lead to increased anxiety levels. So instead, why not try a nice warm cup of herbal or fruit tea? Holland & Barrett have a huge selection of fruit and herbal teas which are fantastic for lowering stress levels – with peppermint, chamomile, raspberry leaf and lavender being particular favourites. Holland & Barrett also have a vast array of natural medicinal calming products, so ask one of the friendly staff next time you visit.

Get out in the garden

Planting a beautiful garden can be a great way to deal with stress. It doesn’t matter if you have a large or small patch of ground (or even a window box), the simple act of making a stretch of nature into a haven can be a great stress reliever in itself. Also, a bit of physical activity in the fresh air and sunlight does wonders for the mind and body as well as boosting your immune system. Wilko has a great range of seeds and bulbs for you to plant, whether your looking for spring bulbs to add vitality to you plant pots or summer bulbs to introduce a riot of colour to your hanging baskets, the potential for you to get your fingers dirty and bust that stress is extensive. One recommendation, especially for beginners, requiring very little gardening skill but returning fantastically beautiful colour and a haven for wildlife is the Wilko Bright Flowers for Wildlife Mix Seeds.

Sit down and relax

Sitting down mindfully and relaxing properly are vital to our wellbeing. Once you’ve spent a bit of time and effort planting and mowing, why not sit down to enjoy the benefits of your labour on one of Home Bargains great, and very affordable, foldable chairs? Don’t forget to slap on the sunscreen if you are spending any length of time outside and this is another item you can pick up at a great price at Home Bargains. There is also a great selection of items to keep the kids entertained outside, if they are starting to get cabin fever after long weeks of being kept in.

Eat and drink well

Preparing a nice meal and any accompanying drinks can be a great way to relax. Making sure your body is well nourished is very important when managing anxiety levels, and so is treating yourself (occasionally) to the food and drink you love. Luckily, Iceland always has some terrific offers on food the whole family will enjoy, and there’s no need to miss out on treats like a nice bottle of Weather Dial Cabernet Sauvignon to accompany it.

Squeeze the stress away

When we’re stressed, our bodies tense up. Squeezing a stress ball prompts you to squeeze and then release the tension that can build up due to anxiety. There have been many studies which prove that stress balls are able to help lower anxiety levels and induce your body to produce feel-good chemicals making you feel more relaxed. B&M Bargains have a selection of LOL Surprise Squeeze Balls available in five designs, suitable for both kids and adults alike!

Relax in the bath

After a long day working, gardening and cooking there can be nothing better than relaxing in a nice hot bath. Lots of our essential stores stock health and beauty products for relaxation, and Poundland has some great offers on pampering bubble bath and hair and skincare products. Treating yourself to some ‘me time’ is very important to help deal with anxiety, so get a few choice items and just take the time to switch off and relax.

Our list of stores remaining open are:

  • Boots
  • Wilko
  • Home Bargains
  • Iceland
  • Holland & Barrett
  • Poundland
  • B&M Bargains

Please note: If any of the items listed are unavailable at the time of visiting, there will be many alternatives, so just ask a member of staff. Please remember when you go shopping for your stress busting products, to ensure your behaviour is considerate to other shoppers as well as the shop employees and centre staff. Anxiety levels are high for most people at the moment, so let’s all do the best we can and be kind to each other.

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