Stressful situations are inevitable. We cannot escape them (which makes us feel more stressed). Even the most positive, uplifting person can have the most stressful days… take it from me. But I’ve found that wallowing in the stress of it all isn’t healthy… we need to find ways of coping with stress in order to make us stronger for the next time it happens. Here are a few methods and remedies I’ve found that really help me when I’m having a stressful day:
Indulge in aromatherapy: Saje Wellness has a wide variety of essential oil products that help with stress, insomnia and even those womanly issues. Two of my favorite anti-stress products are unwind anti-stress mist and stress release rollerball. Unwind contains lavender, orange and bergamot essential oils that helps encourage calmness, refresh your skin, brighten your mood, and promote relaxation. The stress release rollerball remedy also contains lavender and orange, but also roman chamomile which promotes feelings of inner peace. It has a long history of use for mental clarity and courage. You apply the oil directly to the back of your neck and shoulders to allow the scent of the oils to calm you and reduce tension. Check out Saje Wellness for other, all-natural remedies for all ailments!
Or, how about you meditate? One of my favorite sayings is “if you don’t have 5 minutes to meditate, meditate for 20”. Our lives are so busy that we feel we don’t have the time to take a few moments to sit down and meditate, but it’s those people who have the busy lives that need meditation the most. Even if you did it the moment you wake up (set your alarm 10 minutes earlier) or maybe right before you go to sleep, you’re taking some time out of your busy day to focus on your breath and reduce the tension that has built up throughout the day (or week… or month…) which is very beneficial for your mental health. Also, having a gratitude journal nearby to reflect on all the things you are thankful for while you meditate helps add some positive vibes to your meditation practice, and adds as a reflector when you need a boost.
If you’re a yogi like me, I always opt for practicing yoga. Yoga is my go-to for stress relieving practice as I spend 10-60 mins focusing on my breath and allowing all the activities of the day to drift away while I concentrate on my poses.
And if you don’t have time for a practice, drink tea! Yogi teas has a delicious “calming” blend that contains skullcap, which has traditionally been used as a mild sedative and it helps reduce tension and provide relief from nervousness and stress. You can find the Yogi tea brand in your local grocer (in the organic aisle). If I’ve had a stressful day, I like to end it with a nice cup of tea and a few moments in my gratitude journal to look at all those things I am grateful to have in my life. It helps make those negative stresses seem smaller and smaller when you have so many other things in your life to be thankful for.
I hope the next time you feel stressed, you use one of these remedies and that it helps you along your day. Remember, you are the most important person and you shouldn’t let stressful situations define you. Take care of yourself.