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.
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!)
9 Desk-Friendly Yoga Stretches
Try these simple stretches and poses for a mini workout when sitting at your desk for long hours. Your body will thank you.
Dive Into Aromatherapy 101
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.
From Our Blog: Aromatherapy 101
Then, Make Your Own Essential Oils
Make It: DIY Essential Oils in 7 Steps
3 All-Natural Beauty DIYs
Treat yourself to an avocado face mask, strawberry scrub and a beet lip stain.
Honey + Cinnamon + Nutmeg Facial Mask Recipe
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!
Make It: Honey-Cinnamon-Nutmeg Facial Mask
Homemade Coffee Beauty Scrub
Perk up the rest of your body with this coffee-infused body scrub.
Make It: Coffee Scrub
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.
Dark Wooden Planks
When Ashley purchased her Atlanta bungalow in 2008, she intended to turn its dark, wood-paneled attic into a yoga studio. In order to update it correctly, she'd need to replace the wood paneling with drywall, tear out the damaged wood floors and add natural light by replacing tiny dormer windows with a large 3x4 foot window and a custom skylight.
A Well-Balanced Space
In order utilize her attic space as a yoga studio, Ashley dedicated one side for instructing classes. To keep the top-floor area feeling serene and airy, she used a shade of blue for the walls, while yellow and turquoise add energy to the space through accents such as yoga mats.
Yoga-centric spaces must be clean and minimal so that students can remain focused and clear-headed. In order to keep her essential yoga supplies nearby, neat and uncluttered, Ashley designed a cubby system with an integrated refrigerator for keeping bottled water chilled, and mats and towels organized.
The dark wood floating floors presented the most challenges. In its original condition, the space underfoot was made up of damaged hardwoods installed above uneven floor boards. It wasn't until her contractor started installation that he noticed a major dip on one side. Before installing the new dark wood floating floor, he had to replace 50% of the floor boards, then add leveling compound.
Originally, the wood-paneled stairwell leading up to Ashley's attic was extremely dark and dingy. To lighten it up, she used the same whitewashed horizontal pine used throughout the studio. Now the stairwell wall serves as the central divider between the area designated for yoga sessions and the space meant for desk work.
Reconsidering the Skylight
Natural light was one of the most important elements in the yoga studio. Although Ashley's thrilled with the great amount of sun peeking through her new skylight, the window presents several challenges for the homeowner. "The skylight is causing areas of the wood floor to fade and it makes the space warm at certain times of the day," says Ashley.