Relaxation: We All Need It!

Are you tired and stressed? What about tired of feeling stressed? In our fast-paced, work-driven culture it’s hard not to feel the pressure, whether it’s because of work, school, or our own expectations we set for ourselves. Some stress has been proven to be good. It can push us to achieve those goals and give us the motivation to get stuff done. But too much of it turns into bad stress, which is what most of us suffer from. Bad stress, aka chronic stress can cause some serious damage to our health. Heart, mental health, and digestive problems could all be the effect of stressing too much. We live in a society that views relaxation as unproductive and even lazy. No wonder we’re all so uptight! Relaxing can really benefit our health and lives though, by boosting our immune system and providing us with more energy. Here I’ll give you relaxation tools and tips that actually work. It’s up to you to put that laundry basket down, close that computer, silence your phone and actually do them.

Get Moving

Stress doesn’t just affect our minds. It affects our bodies, causing fatigue and illness. Our mind and body work together and are a team. When one is hurting, so is the other. Physical activity releases endorphins (the feel good chemical) in the brain. Endorphins are known as natural pain and stress fighters. When they are released we experience less negative effects of stress. So go for a walk, take up a class of tai chi, roll out that yoga mat, and get ready to feel at ease.

Essential Oils

Lavender, chamomile, and frankincense are just a few oils that reduce stress and anxiety. Lavender specifically helps support the nervous system and provides a feeling of calmness. Chamomile also, has calming properties. Frankincense has been used as an anti-depressant and sedative and can reduce stress. There are various ways you can use essential oils to reduce stress.

 Slow It Down

There are times when our bodies need us to stop going and just slow things down.

  • Mindful Meditation

This is something you can do anywhere, in the car, in the bath, on a walk or on the couch. Mindful meditation is the practice of focusing on the present moment without judgment. By focusing on your own breath, you can slow your heart rate and decrease blood pressure. Acknowledge present thoughts and emotions that arrive but then allow them to pass, not dwelling on them.

  • Guided Imagery

Like mindful meditation, you can do this anywhere and it can reduce stress, cholesterol and blood pressure in just minutes. Imagery can be powerful and truly change the physical state of the body. This technique is used often in cancer patients. It is believed to activate healing within the body. For this technique, you imagine comforting scenes or experiences that relax you. If you are ill or wish to achieve a specific goal, you can envision accomplishing your goal or healing. There are several apps and resources you can find online that offer guidance and will walk you through the meditation.

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