Good morning dreamers…Thursday is here! Yes…one more day left and you have two days to do whatever your little heart desires. As usual, Thursdays are mostly about theory and how we can better ourselves in baby steps (hey, if I could snap my fingers and make me a better person I would but unfortunately I can’t). Today’s topic…#stress.
Yesterday, I attended a #stressrelief workshop and let me tell you, it did absolutely nothing but make me more stressed out. I was thinking it was going to be about essential oils, yoga, relaxing techniques, blah blah blah. Instead, it was about what can happen to you if you’re stressed (tons of awful things which I won’t even dare to mention here because we’re positive thinkers). Hello….if I’m attending a stress relief workshop, I’m most likely stressed. Hence, don’t stress me out more (am I right?). Bottom line, you do what makes you happy and less stressed.
So, in the spirit of positive stress relief (and I mean actual stress relief not creating more stress), I want to share a few tools that I use to calm down the cortisol. Step 1, Breathe. Yes, you probably hear it all the time, but it’s actually for a reason. Breathing will stop whatever you’re currently thinking about and change the brain waves. One breath is a start, but I honestly think doing a 3-5 is where it’s at. This gets oxygen and blood flow increasing, and will let you clear your mind. I like to sit up straight, close my eyes, smell some essential oils (one of my favorite tricks), and breathe deeply. Just try it. I’m not saying it’s going to cure all your stress, but you should feel a little more relaxed after doing so.
Another favorite that I just mentioned are essential oils. They really can work wonders. At work, I currently have 2 different stress relief potions, Frankincense (you must get this), Lemongrass and of course, Lavender. All of these oils are uplifting, which will help to increase your mood and clear your mind. Spearmint and Eucalyptus are also great ones to have for stress (I have a candle at home from Bath and Body works that I burn nightly) and help you wind down. Of course, I don’t want to fall asleep at work so I have to try to find a balance. I have a mini diffuser at my desk (I asked my neighbors if they cared or not and they didn’t…actually some thanked me for getting it), and I usually put some oil in once a day and burn it for an hour or so. Thank me later.
Lastly, sounds extremely silly, but sleep. It’s your best friend. Not only will you actually feel awake when your alarm goes off, but you’ll be less stressed. Sleep is the one thing your body needs to recuperate throughout the day. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Your body is replenishing it’s natural elements that it needs to function properly. If you don’t get enough sleep, you’re stressed because you didn’t sleep, you’re grumpy, you don’t feel well, you’re more likely to get sick or injured, and the cycle starts all over again. So…bottom line…get at least 7 hours of sleep (I shoot for 8-9). Sleep is the start of it all! If you have trouble going to sleep, try some Meletonin or Advil PM. The next day, you’re on Cloud 9.
Besides these, there are so many other tools that you can use for stress relief, but these three are my go-to’s. What other tricks do you have? I’m always wanting to hear more ways to de-stress 🙂