6 Quick Ways to De-Stress Your Mind and Body

Squeezing that stress ball a little too much? In honor of Stress Awareness Month, we've got remedies for your mind and body.

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I may be taking Stress Awareness Month a little too seriously. But now's the time to get into a healthy "me first" mindset. I took my stress by the reins and booked a mini vacation to Las Vegas, a manicure and a massage. #treatyoself, am I right?

Stress Awareness Month is a "cooperative effort to inform people about the dangers of stress, successful coping strategies, and harmful misconceptions about stress that are prevalent in our society." Only you know what makes you feel better in times of high stress. Exercising? Crafting? Dancing? Writing?

I've gathered a few ways you can relieve stress at home and at the office. Give them a try, and feel the tension leave your body. (I recommend doing all the beauty DIYs while watching a marathon of Fixer Upper — double de-stresser!)

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Dive Into Aromatherapy 101

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Aromatherapy Display in Spa Bathroom

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Jason Kisner, 2014, Scripps Networks, LLC. All Rights Reserved

Essential oils help change your mood, cure ailments and promote balance in your life. Find the scent(s) that speak to what you need at the moment. My scent of choice: lavender.

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Then, Make Your Own Essential Oils

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Honey-Cinnamon-Nutmeg Facial Mask

Honey-Cinnamon-Nutmeg Facial Mask

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Courtesy of Storey Publishing / Photo by (c) Winnie Au

This mask recipe is just plain good for your skin. The honey is moisturizing, the nutmeg is exfoliating and the cinnamon draws blood to the surface of the skin, leaving you with a healthy, radiant complexion. Clear skin = one less thing to stress about!

Homemade Coffee Beauty Scrub

Coffee Beauty Scrub

Coffee Beauty Scrub

Perk up the rest of your body with this coffee-infused body scrub.

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BONUS: For Too-Stressed Pets

I came home an hour late the other night and I thought my cat was going to lose it. I messed up his schedule! His whole night and day were now thrown off. For pets who could use a little R&R, we've got the perfect cure.

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Love, Peace and Lighting

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Temperature Control

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Reconsidering the Skylight

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A Passion for Yoga Poses

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