Whether you’ve had a busy day or a busy week, have a lot on your mind, or simply want to just sit back and relax, here are my top 8 anti-stress essentials that help to not only relax your body physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

2016 has been a crazy year for me so far, and if there’s one thing that I’ve spent a lot of time doing, it’s making sure I take the time to de-stress and sort through anything that’s on my mind.

Whether you’ve had a busy day or a busy week, have a lot on your mind, or simply want to just sit back and relax, here are my top 8 anti-stress essentials that help to not only relax your body physically, but mentally and emotionally as well.

 

8 ANTI-STRESS ESSENTIALS

 

Salt Lamps & Candles

Salt lamps help to emit negative ions – ions which are found in nature from trees, water, and the earth. We are surrounded by electronics, and negative ions help to combat the adverse effects of them. Not only are salt lamps soothing in this way, but they also have a very calming ambient lighting, like candles – another excellent essential for stress! Beeswax candles in particular are non-toxic and help to purify the air, unlike paraffin wax.

 

Journaling

Journaling is easily my most favourite anti-stress essential. It has always been an important part of my life and I always encourage others to write, too, to help release our thoughts, come to our own conclusions, and give ourselves a chance to be honest, vulnerable, and open with ourselves without the judgement of others.

Journaling helps us to see what’s troubling us in a new light, similar to talking it out with a friend. I always feel a sense of relief and release after I write.

 

Essential Oils

There are so many benefits to essential oils and so many to choose from depending on what you’re looking for, whether it be a purifying scent, energizing, festive, grounding, or in this case, relaxing. Lavender, frankincense and rosemary are a few great options, as well as ylang ylang and grapefruit. Scent can be very powerful and can evoke different feelings and memories, and in this way can have a big impact on our wellbeing.

 

You can add essential oils to a diffuser, onto your pillow at night, into your moisturizers and other lotions, or in carrier oils like jojoba or sweet almond oil for an easy topical aromatherapy serum!

 

 

Herbs

Herbs are an excellent tool to help calm our body and mind. There are countless relaxing, anti-stress herbs to choose from. Some of my favourites include ashwagandha, holy basil, rhodiola, and passionflower. Herbs like ashwagandha are adaptogenic, meaning they help our body to adapt and cope with stress, and help nourish our adrenal glands.

I enjoy medicinal herbs in the form of tea, but you can also take them in a tincture or in capsule form. Visit your local herbalist or health food store to explore the many herbs that are available!

 

Movement

Walking, jogging, yoga, weight training, dancing, whatever you like – movement helps to get you out of your mind and into your body. It helps to bring you out of the past or future, and into the present, and of course, helps releases endorphins and pent up tension. Better yet, it’s 10x better in nature. Go for a hike or a walk around your neighbourhood to move your body and unwind your mind.

 

Deep Breathing

Deep breathing is a go-to for me! It helps to activate our parasympathetic nervous system, which governs rest and digest, thereby slowing down our heart rate, reducing blood pressure, relaxing muscles and tension and promoting mental clarity.

Deep breathing can be done absolutely anywhere. On the bus, laying in bed, sitting on your porch, or driving to work. Not sure where to begin? Check out my video on my 3 favourite deep breathing techniques.

Magnesium

Magnesium is my most favourite mineral, and one of my favourites to recommend to those looking for ways to de-stress. Magnesium is a muscle relaxant and is known for being very anti-stress and anti-anxiety. It’s excellent for muscle tension or soreness, restlessness, and helps aid sleep.

 

Magnesium can be taken in pill, powder, or liquid form; as epsom salts for a bath, and naturally in leafy greens!

 

Get Creative

Similar to movement, redirecting your focus to something that brings you into the moment really takes you out of your head and into your body. I always find that when I paint or sketch, my mind hardly wanders as my focus is so strong on my hand, my pencil, or the detail on the paper. Whether it’s an instrument, an adult colouring book, a puzzle, knitting, or animation on your computer, get creative with something you love.

 


 

How do you like to de-stress?

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