When all of your worries weigh down on you and you feel stressed and exhausted, it is important to take some time for yourself. So here are our 5 top tips for dealing with stress, and get back on track to feeling good.
1. Essential oils
Essential oils are concentrated oils extracted from plants, usually through a distilling process (you can find out more about the difference between essential oils and plant oils here). These oils are adapted for use in aromatherapy, and can really improve your physical and mental wellbeing, and help with dealing with stress. You can use essential oils on their own (always diluted), in blends depending on what problems you are trying to target, or by inhaling them.
If you are having trouble sleeping, it is great to apply a few drops of lavender essential oil to the underside of your pillow. This will help your muscles to relax and reduce any anxiety you are feeling to help you fall into a deeper undisturbed sleep.
Bergamot essential oil has also been found to have an anti-anxiety effect. You can apply a few drops of bergamot essential oil to a handkerchief or a reusable cotton pad.
If you have an air diffuser, you can use a few drops of these essential oils and diffuse them around your home, to transform it into a beautiful zone of tranquility. This is also a great way to experiment with different blends to target different problems and create different scents!
2. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Not only is it absolutely essential to drink at least 2 L of water every day to keep your skin and body in good health, but staying hydrated is also an important factor in stress-management. Studies have shown that our cortisol levels (the stress hormone) increase when we are dehydrated, making it harder to think straight and make rational decisions. By staying hydrated you will be in a better position for dealing with stress, and taking on any of the difficult situations you face on a daily basis.
3. Movement snacks
British physician Dr Rangan Chatterjee, known for his Four Pillar Plan, swears by movement snacks, little boosts of physical exercise throughout the day. Humans have not been designed to spend hours hunched over computer screens or sitting still on the sofa. By getting up every hour for a couple of minutes to dance around the kitchen, do some squats or star jumps, the body releases endorphins which fight stress and improve your mood.
Chatterjee also thinks that moving your body regularly throughout the day in this way is better for dealing with stress, as well as your physical health, than an intense HIIT or spin class after a day in the office… Sounds pretty good, right?
4. A bit of fresh air…
If you’ve been sitting inside staring at a screen for a while, it’s very easy to get yourself into a bit of a funk. In this situation, the best thing you can do is get yourself a bit of fresh air. This could be going for a quick walk around the block, or even just cracking open your window and just breathing calmly for a few minutes. Oxygen is energising. After a quick walk or a few minutes of breathing in the fresh air, you’ll find yourself feeling less tired and ready to be more productive than ever. Also, you’ll most likely get a boost of vitamin D, helping to keep your skin and body healthy.
5. Pamper yourself in a DIY spa
Sometimes you need to separate yourself from your work or social media completely. Switch off your phone, put on some music, light a few candles, and give yourself a bit of me-time. Take a shower, wash your body with an organic superfatted soap, or maybe a homemade body scrub. Then put on some fresh pyjamas, do a face mask, and relax. Taking this time for yourself allows you to completely switch off, relax, and de-stress. Why not follow up your cleansing mask with a few drops of our plumping face oil Plump It before your face cream, if you want to wake up the next day feeling well-rested and with bright, silky skin.
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