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.