I’m back and sharing a few of my favorite ways to de-stress. These past few weeks have been crazy, between working, school, and all the things I’m involved in on campus, so I’ve been stretched thin on time. Since it’s midterm time, I wanted to share a couple ideas on how you can de-stress before all your big exams or if you are just looking for ways to relax after a long work-week.
ESSENTIAL OILS AND AROMATHERAPY
One of my favorite ways to de-stress after a long day or week is to turn on my diffuser. My favorite essential oil is simply lavender, because it has a calming effect. You can check out my post on my essential oil collection and the benefits of essential oils here.
As much as I love my diffuser, nothing is as wonderful as the way a candle makes a room feel. Cozy, warm, and home-y. I picked up this one-wick candle from Bath and Body Works in the Leaves scent. This is the perfect Autumn candle because it’s cozy, smells like apples and cinnamon, but without being overbearing.
When life gets a little hectic and even incredibly stressful, it is important to take care of your skin even more. Stress acne is something many people face, which only increases your stress. My favorite way to de-stress and help my skin is by applying a clay mask. My Sedona red clay mask is from a little natural beauty shop in Sedona, Arizona. I love that it’s made with natural ingredients and essential oils, only enhancing the experience.
Adult coloring books are extremely popular these days. They are practically flying off the shelves! I love this mandala coloring book, which is very intricate so I can focus solely on the present moment. I recommend that ALL college students pick up one of these, just for those days when you need to distract yourself from all your stress and let go.
Reading is the perfect stress reliever! Grabbing a good book, lighting a candle, and curling up with a cup of tea calms me just thinking about it. I love these two books about yoga and spirituality. The first is Wanderlust: A Modern Yogi’s Guide to Discovering Your Best Self written by Jeff Krasno. Jeff is the founder of the yoga, music, and spiritual festival called Wanderlust which inspired this book. Then, The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle which I only just started reading. This book is about embracing the present moment, something we could all learn or work on.
These are just a few of the many way you can de-stress. Some other tips are to make sure you are getting enough sleep, because sleep is out bodies way of rejuvenating itself for the upcoming day. Working out can also reduce stress and gives you endorphins that make you happy, so win-win.
What do you do to reduce stress? Let me know in the comments below.