As much fun as it is to see the family and to over-indulge in delicious food during the holiday season, it is also nice to get back to our daily routine. But first, let’s de-stress. A little me time is in order before we tackle our bloated stomachs and credit cards.
Taking care of your health should always be a priority. Consider that stress remains long after a stressful event, causing feelings of anxiety with negative impacts on the nervous system and the physical body.
Tip # 1. Morning Walk
Try to get up early, before anyone gets up and head outside for a walk. Make it a time for just you and the day. With the crisp, morning air, it can help to set the tone for the day, clear the mind and cheer you up.
Tip # 2. Create Calming Aroma Environment
Essential oils are one of the safest ways to deal with acute or chronic stress. The powerful components in essential oils are the essence of natural organic plants that provide immediate relief from stressful feelings with no side effects.
So, yes, I love essential oils. These beautiful oils don’t get enough credit in how they can transform your home or workspace into a calming or energizing environment. Pure essential oils penetrate the cellular membranes of the body, crossing the blood-brain barrier to reach the emotional center of the brain. The effects can be felt in the mind and body in a matter of minutes with the long-term results of a calm mind and relaxed, healthy body.
Make sure you purchase essentials oils from a reputable supplier. Here are a few recipes for you to consider:
- 3 drops Mandarin Essential Oil
- 1 drop Rose Otto Essential Oil
- 1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
- 10 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
- 5 drops Lavender Essential Oil
Spray: You can add this to Sweet Almond Oil or any other carrier oil (not cooking oil) and put in a dark spray bottle and spray around the home. This blend should be good for about 2-4 weeks. Store in a dark, cool place.
Bath: Same rule, you will need a carrier oil, or the essential oils will stay at the top and not mix with your bathwater.
Tip # 3. Clean the House
Sometimes clutter stresses us out. Do yourself a favour and hire a cleaning person to help you out and by mid-day, your home will be clean and orderly. Seriously, if your home is in order, it feels like your life is in order. Once completed, spray the home with Pure 100% Lavender Hydrosol, sit and enjoy.
Tip # 4. Leave the House
I don’t mean forever.
But if you’re not up to cleaning and feeling cranky, then taking a walk especially during a sunny day can help cheer you up. Call up friends, your mom or with whoever you can just spend a few hours wasting the afternoon. Relax, enjoy and sit in the park or take a yoga class. My favourite thing to do is to drive up to Mont Saint-Sauveur and enjoy an outdoor activity.
Tip # 5. Try a Diffuser
There are many methods to diffuse essential oils into a room. Of course, the essential oil blend is the most fun to create as the natural aroma that fills the home is fantastic. Not sure where to start in selecting a diffuser, visit your local natural food store, they usually are an excellent resource as they also carry essential oils.
BONUS TIP: Try a spa couple day with your loved one, it is not just loads of fun; it will change your routine, and you’ll get to spend quality time with a loved one! Which, of course, are all helpful to help you de-stress and have a positive attitude as you start to open up your credit card bills!
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