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Life is crazy busy. Chafuerring people to appointments, dealing with school holidays, and troubleshooting website redesign issues is what this week has been like so far. This is all on top of my backlog of normal work and household duties.
Needless to say, I don't have the time to really relax — like run away to a pool sipping a margarita kind of relax. SO I have to take what I can get. Here are some quick and easy ways to reduce stress and relax in 5 minutes or less.
Stress Management Tip 1: Light Some Candles
Aromatherapy is all the rage these days. You can't turn around without someone trying to sell you essential oils. I have to be honest, I've jumped on that bandwagon — well using them anyway. I love using them in DIY crafty type projects around the house.
Did you know smells change our mood?. That's why I love candles!
Lately, I've been enjoying The Time Collection by Yaasa. Each scented candle in this collection is cleverly named after a time. I received a Three Forty-Five and Eight Thirty candle and boy do they smell amazing!
Want to pretend you're at the beach when you have deadlines breathing down your neck? Then this is the candle for you! It features an oceanic fragrance with hints of citrus, seawater, and sage.
Eight Thirty Candle
Need to relax with a romantic candlelit glow? This candle tosses around scents of gardenia, jasmine, and ylang-ylang. They will intrigue your senses and calm your mind.
These candles are amazing. I can literally burn one for maybe an hour and then the next day I can still smell it. Plus I love their color scheme. Champagne gold and black go with everything!
A Little About Yaasa
Yaasa is a fairly new startup mainly known for their adjustable beds, desks, and amazing mattresses. As you now know, they also offer a couple of fun accessories like candles and blankets.Stress Management Tip 2: Contact a Therapist or Give Yourself a Massage
Are you tense? Contacting a therapist specializing in massage therapy is a great way to relieve some tension. Massages help increase the flow of blood and oxygen and plain just make you feel good.
You can also DIY this if a professional massage is not in your budget. Start with your hands and feet.
Grab some lotion and a small ball or two. Using the lotion, rub the muscle under your thumb. And, if you're talented, at the same time, rub your feet back and forth over a small ball.
Oh, yeah! Scalp massages are great too. I especially love them in the shower with my handy shampoo brush.
Massages are great for quick stress relief and have even been known to lower blood pressure!
Stress Management Tip 3: Retreat to a Stress-free Zone
We all could use some alone time. I know this is easier said than done for most moms. But whenever you get the chance, run to your stress-free zone. FAST.I recommend your bedroom be your safe zone. Why? Because you already associate it with happy things like sleep.
Make sure your room is set up with a super comfy bed and mattress like those from Yaasa. Yaasa's sleep system allows you to adjust to whatever position is most comfortable for YOU. With just a click of a button, support can be where you need it most!
Being alone for just a couple of minutes really clears my mind and allows me to collect my thoughts.
Lay on your bed, close your eyes, and maybe meditate for a little bit concentrating on your breathing.
And maybe light a candle too 😉
Stress Management Tip 4: Run in Place
Get up and run. It's that easy! It'll get your feel-good hormones pumping plus get you in shape. It's a win, WIN!
Stress Management Tip 5: Write it Out
Writing can be very relaxing especially when you have something pestering your brain. Get it out — whatever is bothering you. Trust me, it'll make you feel better.
Stress Management Tip 6: Pet your Cat or Dog
Whenever I am upset petting my cat always makes me feel better. It calms me, and it's no wondering considering it can reduce the stress hormone cortisol.
Plus it gives you more of those feel-good hormones everyone loves!
Stress Management Tip 7: Bask in the Sun
The sun makes me happy! I just love relaxing by the pool in the summer (with sunscreen, of course). Sunlight is known to be mood-lifting thanks to another feel-good hormone serotonin.
All of the feel-good hormones should be bottled, right? Do you have any stress management tips to share?