It has been a hectic year to say the least. For the majority of us, dealing with a pandemic is not something we have ever experienced before and it is safe to say we did not plan on experiencing anytime soon. It is anxiety provoking turning on the news and hearing about everything that is going on in the world. So much of it seems out of reach and can cause feelings of distress and hopelessness. For others, it goes deeper than turning on the news. This virus has become ever so real and has become their new reality. My thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been personally affected by covid-19 and this pandemic. I want to make it clear I understand that dealing with stress looks different from person to person and that is completely okay.
Here are a few suggestions of things that can help you cope with stress:
1. Go for a gratitude walk
Take advantage of the great outdoors, find a quiet neighbourhood or trail nearby and get some fresh air. Take in everything around you.
The blue sky, the green trees, the breeze...
Try to find beauty and gratitude in anything that catches your eyes. Make a mental note to be thankful for all the beauty that surrounds you.
2. Talk It Out.
Sometimes the best way to come to peace with your worries is to let them out to a therapist or someone you trust. When thoughts fester in your mind, they can become bigger problems than they already are. Opening up about these thoughts can help bring clarity and ease and make you realize they aren't as big of an issue as they seemed to be.
Aromatherapy can help reduce cortisol in the body which is the stress hormone.
Several studies have shown that there are specific essential oils that can reduce stress and anxiety and can be used as powerful antidepressants.
Calm aromatherapy mist by Cardea Auset is a powerful blend of a relaxing blend of lavender, bergamot, and frankincense for when you need to unwind and relieve stress.
Calm is a gentle natural way to enhance your mood through aromatherapy.
Whether you prefer the roll-on or mist, use it when you need a moment of relaxation, before meditation or on your pillow for a good nights rest.
4. Bake Something
Baking is extremely therapeutic. Making some yummy treats to feed your body and soul can be a fun activity that will help get your head out of a bad place.
Looking for a treat that specifically helps with stress? Try this one
5. Take a Warm Bath
Next time you are in the need to de-stress try running a warm bath. To make your relaxing bath complete try adding a bath bomb or bath soak.
Not only does a warm bath help promote a calm state, it helps reduce levels of stress in the body and calms the nervous system which improves your mood.
Mama's Perch from Bathorium has a fizz that releases a cascade of orange, rose and ylang ylang essential oils along with skin softening sea salts and hydrating cocoa butter. Light aroma of gardenia and geranium puts the mind to ease, truly creating an escape.
6. Burn Incense
Burning Incense is a great way to find stillness and escape reoccurring thoughts that no longer serve you.
This Palo Santo Incense Bundle is used to remove negative energy and restore calm emotions.
It is believed that burning Palo Santo promotes feelings of joy and positivity, while enhancing clarity and reducing anxiety and stress.
7. A Face Mask Fixes Everything (or at least it feels like it does)
It's no secret we are face mask fanatics. There is no better way to unwind than to take a moment for yourself and put on a face mask.
Indulge in a luxurious face mask and find your inner peace while simultaneously caring for yourself.
Find all of the award winning face masks we carry here.
This self-heating eye mask allows you to close your eyes and drift into a beautiful la la land for 20 minutes. In that time, our mask will reduce eye puffiness, leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed.
8. Meditation & Positive Affirmations
Meditating is a great way to calm the mind and find stillness. Meditation allows us to practice mindfulness and through this find a sense of calm. Meditation and positive affirmations daily can help quiet your mind of negative thoughts that no longer serve you and help it stay relaxed & focused. There are many guided meditations on youtube as well as many apps which can help you find your inner calm.
** If you are experiencing severe feelings of anxiety, depression or suicidal thoughts please talk to a loved one or someone you trust and see these resources: