More and more of us are experiencing high levels of stress in our lives and are suffering with the resulting mental and physical effects. It isn’t always possible to eliminate every cause of stress so it is important to have ways of dealing with it.
To help you when you are under pressure, we have put together some practical tips for natural stress relief.
Stress relieving exercises
Exercise is a very effective natural way to push your worries out of your mind and practising exercises like Yoga and Pilates is a great way to relax.
These exercises involve stretching the body and taking deep, slow breaths which can help relieve tension in the back and shoulders and calm the mind.
To get the most out of your practice, set up your mat in a quiet spot and create a peaceful ambiance by adding a few drops of the Alexandra Kay Time to Relax essential oil blend into a water-filled diffuser.
With its notes of serenity, derived from ten pure natural essential oils including Patchouli, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang and Lavender, Time to Relax delivers a moment of respite whenever and wherever you’re feeling frazzled.
If you prefer, you can add a few drops of this serenity-scented essential oil blend to a spray bottle filled with water and mist it around the room before you begin your workout.
Tips for relieving stress at work
Speak with H.R. or your line manager about the cause of your stress. Many people find their jobs and working lives stressful and if you are feeling overwhelmed at work, it is important that you speak to your manager or HR department to see if they can find a way to help relieve some of the pressure.
TAKE A BREAK!
Staying calm when you’re feeling flustered isn’t easy but making the time for a short break during the working day can be very helpful. If you can, get away from your workspace. A walk around a park or other green space can be particularly beneficial in reducing stress levels and refocussing your mind.
For times when you feel too busy for a break, try our simple 1-minute stress reliever exercise. All it involves is placing the tips of your fingers together and applying pressure. Do this for 60 seconds, concentrating your breathing as you do so.
Inhaling the scent of some soothing essential oils is a wonderfully calming form of natural stress relief. If you know you have a stressful day of back-to-back calls and meetings ahead of you, dispense Time to Relax into a diffuser and it will deliver a constant flood of relaxing fragrance into your workspace. Thanks to a whisper setting, it won’t disturb your work calls either!
How to relieve stress before bed
Is stress stopping you from sleeping? It’s important to get 8 hours of beauty sleep a night and the following stress-relieving tips could help you to switch off.
SOAK AWAY YOUR STRESS
Whilst stepping into the shower will wake you up, a soak in a warm bath with our Daily Aloe Shower Gel is a great way to unwind and wash your worries away. It contains soothing Lavender essential oil which helps to calm the mind and relieve skin inflammation.
Another way to benefit from the soothing scent of Lavender for natural stress relief at bath time is to blend 6-8 drops of Time to Sleep essential oil blend with our Scent Free Shower & Bath Gel and use as a bubble bath.
Screen use is thought to be detrimental to good sleep and has also been linked to acne, eczema and skin ageing. Instead of scrolling through social media sites, switch off digital devices by 9pm.
SPEND TIME ON SOME SELF-CARE
Self-care helps to unwind the mind and is a great way to distract yourself from whatever is worrying you.
To reinstate a calm peace of mind before bed, cleanse your skin and then smooth on our rejuvenating Hydra-Glow Face Mask which is scented with a blissful blend of warm citrus notes to soothe nervous tension and aid a restful sleep.
TEASE OUT TENSION
If stress has caused tension in your neck and shoulders and this prevents you from sleeping soundly, you can tease away knots and tension with massage.
To make a homemade massage oil mix 5 drops of the Time for Sleep essential oil blend in 2 teaspoons/10ml of your preferred carrier oil and massage over the desired area.
CURB YOUR CAFFEINE CONSUMPTION
Caffeine culture can keep us awake and can have a detrimental effect on our skin. To sleep soundly, curb your coffee consumption and make yourself a cup of calming Chamomile tea instead.
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