5 Ways to Naturally Reduce Stress
Aromatherapy uses plant extracts and essential oils to improve your mood and emotions. These oils can be used in massage, a warm bath or in candles to reduce stress and release positive emotions. The scents generally believed to reduce stress are lavender, Rosemary, Spearmint, and Citrus. Try a few drops of one your favorite oil in a hot bath, light an aromatherapy candle in the living room, or use 10 drops of oil with 4 ounces of water to create a room spray to use in your home. Create a peaceful and relaxing space oasis at to rejuvenate after a stressful day.
2. Connecting with Nature
We live in a technology driven world, and with so stimuli constantly bombarding our minds it can feel impossible to quiet our surroundings. Consider taking some time each day to step away from the technological distractions and connect with nature. Whether this means a 20-minute walk around the neighborhood, or a quiet 15-minute meditation on your porch, carve out time each day to be outside in nature. This helps center us in the world and keep perspective on our lives.
3. Listen to Music
Listening to music can instantly change your mood. No mater what type of music you like, or what mood you are in, listening to a favorite song or calming melody can have surprising effects on the body. Research has shown that music calms nerves after a stressful day. While soft music is most often thought of to help with relaxation, any type of music you like can have positive effects. Keep your favorite de-stress music readily available in your car and at home so when you need a moment to recharge – your favorite song is ready to go!
For centuries massage has been used in many cultures to reduce stress. By physically reducing tension in muscles and improving blood circulation, massage helps calm the mind and reduce the overall feeling of stress. If cost is an issue consider looking for an Aveda Institute or beauty school in your area. These places often offer discounted massage treatments during the week and can be a great way to get a massage for a discounted price.
5. Hot Tea or Milk
Drinking a hot cup of tea or milk every night before bed creates a soothing ritual to reduce stress and improve sleep. I love herbal teas like chamomile, dandelion or ginger. Sometimes I mix in a spoonful of organic honey for added sweetness. Enjoying this soothing cup of tea before I fall asleep every night can help reduce stress and provide a quiet moment you look forward to at the end of your day.