The idea of dealing with stress is not unfamiliar—after all, we live in a world that spent the better part of an entire year surviving a global pandemic…so, yeah, we’re familiar with the topic.
But, with or without a pandemic, stress is something we all too often accept as part of our daily life. And for some of us, stress has become an indicator of success—if I’m working this hard and keeping this many plates spinning, I must be taking care of business…right?
Perhaps…but at what cost?
According to the American Psychological Association, more than three-quarters of adults report experiencing symptoms of stress, including headaches, exhaustion, and disrupted sleep. Biologically, stress is an emotion designed to help protect us from danger. It’s part of the body’s natural fight-or-flight response. Under normal circumstances, an event occurs which causes the body to enter a state of stress. Your blood pressure rises, and your heart rate increases…until the threat is resolved and everything should go back to normal.
But if you live in a heightened state of stress it can cause damage to the body, so it is important to know how to reduce the amount of stress in your life and limit the stress response to situations where it is warranted.
Here are 3 tips that can help.
- Unplug from the Digital World
Yes, it is good to stay informed with what is happening in the world. But there’s no question that the doom and gloom often found online and in the news can have a negative effect on your mental health. Try limiting the amount of time you spend watching tv and reading the news, and you’ll likely see a marked reduction in your stress levels.
- Add Meditation to Your Daily Checklist
While the idea of meditating used to be reserved for mystical gurus and their followers, many prestigious medical communities are realizing the value of meditation to relieve stress. The Mayo Clinic touts meditation as beneficial to “your emotional wellbeing and overall health”.
If you decide to incorporate meditation into your daily routine, consider adding our Aromatherapy Heated Neck Wrap and Silk Eye Mask into your practice. The neck wrap provides gentle warmth and relaxes muscles while the luxurious scents of lavender, eucalyptus, and peppermint calm your spirit. The eye mask is wonderful for helping you reach a deeper mediative state, as it blocks out light and increases your ability to focus on your breathing.
- Take Time for Self-Care
Like meditation, self-care is an important part of reducing stress. Get out of the house. Go for a walk. Cook a delicious and nutrient-dense meal. Appreciate your body and all it accomplishes for you.
And, treat that miraculous body of yours to an indulgent, warm shower or bath using our Orange, Mint & Lemongrass Essential Oil Bombs. These organic bombs are huge (not kidding—they’re 50g), allowing you to soak the stress of the day away under a warm stream of water, while the scent of organic orange, mint, and lemongrass swirl about. It’s a heady experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated (and, if that scent profile doesn’t float your boat, our shower bombs are also available in Lavender and Eucalyptus).
It’s so easy to fall victim to the stress trap…that’s how the world tells us we should live—constantly stressed and perpetually exhausted.
My friends, believe me when I say, this is a lie.
Walk away from electronics.
Take deep breaths and find the center of you.
Spend time honoring this body that serves you so well. It works so hard for you. Don’t let stress get the better of you