The end of the year is looming and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. I get you, managing stress can seem impossible, yet our reluctance to just let go and truly unwind can make things a lot worse. What you need is some dedicated ‘me time’. A set time-slot to commit to just you, guilt-free, even if it’s just for half an hour. And you can do this as many times a week as you feel necessary. I tend to do it as soon as I feel a little anxious because when I’m overwhelmed I don’t perform at my best. So, when it does get a little tough this is what I do to slow it all back down:
1. Let go of the energy
Yoga doesn’t help everyone, what works for some might not always work for others. That’s why it’s important to figure out what activity is the best for you to really help you. If you react to being overwhelmed with agitation and anger you’re best just to focus on deep breathing and meditation and progressive muscle relaxation. This is a process of relaxing your muscles, which help relax your mind. Or, if you react to be overwhelmed with sadness and withdrawn you’re best to be a little more active. Power Yoga and Rhythmic exercises will really energize and refresh you. Not only do you have to do this physically but mentally. After your exercise take ten minutes to just lay on the floor (preferably a matt) and just mentally let go of the things that have been getting to you.
2. Set the scene
Herbivore ‘Calm’ Bath Soaks $18/£14.35 available here
After you’ve released your energy choose a spot in your home where you can really relax that doesn’t include your bedroom. Because I like to merge relaxation with pampering, I run straight to the bathroom. I lock myself away for an hour, light candles in any available space, bring in my speakers and run the ultimate bath. I don’t use bath soaks on a daily basis only for these special moments, which really makes the moment more special. And I don’t just go for any, it has to be the Herbivore’s ‘Calm’ Bath Salts. The key ingredient Ylang Ylang is amazing for anxiety relief. Not only that, but it helps keep your skin hydrated and detoxified.
3. Look after your head
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Massaging your head, especially underwater can relieve a tonne of pressure off of you. It’s not only relaxing but soothing and can really help you shut the world out for five minutes. I don’t know about you, but when I’m overwhelmed I carry it a lot in my head. So massaging it like this really helps me unwind. And plus, when you’re using a mask you’re not only relaxing but helping to repair your hair as you do.
4. Get ready for bed properly
Aromatherapy Associates Skincare and Body Ritual Set $102/£60 available here
Instead of your usual moisturizers swap them out for moisturizers and oils that have essential ingredients in them to combat anxiety. This set, for example, is perfect for transforming your mood. It not only helps to look after your skin and help keep you beautiful but nourishes, rejuvenates and soothes body and mind.
5. Create an aroma for your room
Neom Organics Sensuous Ylang Ylang, Frankincense, and Patchouli Scented Candle $72/£ available here
This candle is combatted with every natural herb you can think of that combats and anxiety and stress. Let it burn for about an hour before you go to bed and your room will be filled with a relaxing, soothing scent. Even if you really anxious in the day, there’s no shame in lighting the candle at your desk. We have an energizing one in the office, that really helps to pick us up!
6. A cup of tea makes everything better
Now that you’ve let off some steam, it’s time to begin to unwind with a warm cup of Passion Flower tea. Passion Flower is said to boost your brain’s production of GABA, a neurotransmitter that helps calm the mind and prevent rapid thinking. It also helps with muscle tension and anxiety and you can get some really delicious flavors! It’s an essential part of my ritual, and I’ve never gone to bed happier and more soothed.
What are your self-care rituals? Let us know in the comments below…
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