7 Simple Ways You can Reduce Stress and Anxiety
Self-care is important, now more than ever. There is no right or wrong way to practice self-care and there are many options to choose from that will help with decompression and/or grounding yourself; many of these things you can do from the comfort of your home. We have created a list of our favorite ways to practice self-care and hope it will help you begin to practice more regularly from anywhere you are.
Diffusing essential oils is one of our favorite ways to unwind and de-stress. Aromatherapy triggers the relaxation response and can be used in conjunction with other methods of self-care, like meditation. Lavender is one of the most popular essential oils for relaxation. It’s floral scent helps to calm the mind and can even help ease you into sleep. Other good oils for relaxation include bergamot, lemongrass, neroli, chamomile and clary sage.
Foam rollers are great for post-workout soreness, but they can be a great stress buster as well! This form of self-massage can help to calm the nervous system and address acupressure points connected to the adrenals. It can even help to deepen the breath, helping bring your body to a more calm state. Check out this article from Well and Good with 6 stress-reducing roller moves.
Using an acupressure mat is an easy way to relieve tension, soreness and pain that can build up in the body and cause even more stress. These mats are designed to produce results similar to acupressure massage. The mats have several hundred plastic points that apply pressure to relieve tension, alleviate headaches and reduce pain. To use it, lay it out on a surface (beginners may want to start out on a soft surface such as a bed or sofa). You can lie on it, sit on it, or even stand on it. Be sure that you slowly and evenly distribute your weight onto the mat and don’t fidget so as not to injure yourself on the points.
Meditation gives you the opportunity to clear your mind and center yourself. It allows you to listen to your body and to exist in the here and now. Even just a few minutes of meditation each week can help improve your mood. To help you meditate better, there are several helpful apps you can download to your phone for a guided experience. If you don’t have time for a meditation session but feel stress creeping in, take some deep, calming breaths for 15 to 30 seconds. Make sure you focus on the way the air feels as it moves in and out of your body to help focus your mind.
Writing down your feelings is a great way to deal with what you are going through. Be sure to write down the good and the bad, including your own negative feelings about yourself. Putting it all on paper helps you to acknowledge your own feelings and either deal with the negative things or practice gratitude for what is good in your life.
Get some Sleep
According to a Gallup poll, nearly half of Americans get less than seven hours of sleep a night. Sleep is an important part of self-care so make sure you get the amount you need to feel refreshed and ready for your day. In fact, your brain rids itself of toxins as you sleep. So whether you need to hit the sack earlier or take a nap, make sure you prioritize your sleep.
Diet and Exercise
Eating healthy, nutrient-dense foods can help give you the energy you need to get through your day, which can keep you from feeling frazzled. Just remember to not force yourself to eat a food you don’t like just because it is healthy. If you don’t like kale, don’t eat kale! Be sure that you give yourself the opportunity to enjoy other foods in moderation as well. Also find an exercise routine that suits you. When we work out, our brain releases endorphins that help boost our mood. So not only does exercise help your body, but your mind as well!
Self-care is key in reducing stress and anxiety. Having a simple routine you can do at home can help keep those good vibes going even after your facial or massage at the Wellness Collective. Ready to take your self-care to the next level? Book a massage or skin care appointment with us online!