Raise your hand if you have ever felt personally victimized by stress and anxiety. As if Regina George isn’t enough, sometimes a variety of problems and conflicts come to ruin the day. But stressful and anxious moments don’t have to last longer than you allow them to. Part of having a peaceful, happy life is not letting issues or situations own you. You’ve got to own them. But I know that’s nice to hear, and easier said than done. Sometimes we need to dig into our self-care toolboxes and do some extra work to get through periods of stress and anxiety. So bookmark this list of five self-care activities to do when you’re feeling stressed and anxious to reclaim your time. Honestly, self-care and inner peace can cure so much; even the Mean Girls. But let’s focus on YOU for now.
5 SELF-CARE ACTIVITIES TO DO WHEN YOU’RE FEELING STRESSED & ANXIOUS
1. LIGHT A CANDLE & LISTEN TO MUSIC
One of the simplest and most fulfilling things to do when you’re feeling stressed and anxious is to have a me party. Just you; vibing to your favorite uplifting or mood music, as a soothing aroma fills the room. Music is therapy, and it feels good to drown out outside noise and replace it with music you love to hear. And few things top the scent of a candle that invigorates your senses and boosts your mood. This combination of music and candles is primed to give your mind the party break that it deserves.
The LIT CANDLE SUPPLY Let That Sh*t Go Candle is aromatherapy and a mantra all in one. This candle combines just three scents to uplift your spirit, and to help you exhale the nonsense. Orange, as many citrus fruit aromas, is proven to reduce stress and boost your mood. The vanilla adds a sweet layer that that gives you feelings of joy in happiness. And then sandalwood rounds out the middle of this candle, and provides a calming, meditative balance. So this candle is ideal for self-care when you’re stressed and anxious. This candle can last up to 50 hours, and it’s made with soy wax and a 100% cotton wick. It’s vegan and non-toxic to boot. Light it, and let it go.
2. MEDITATE & PRAY
Practicing mindfulness through meditation and prayer is a way to relieve yourself of stress and anxiety. Listening to your emotions and connecting with your Higher Power and your higher self often leads to a sense peace that drives other feelings away. It gives you time to reflect on the current moment, and calms you so that you can thoughtfully move past the moment. So create a quiet place free of distractions and tap in. There is no right way to pray and meditate. Just be honest with your feelings, let them guide you, and then let them go. And if you make room for meditation and prayer in your everyday life, then the less space there will be for stress and anxiety.
The URB APOTHECARY Sweetgrass Facial Mist + Room Spray is a dual purpose spray, but singularly focuses on relief. Traditionally, sweetgrass is burned to get rid of bad energy and creates a healing atmosphere. And this smokeless hydrosol facial mist and room spray can be used in the same way. It’s made from organic sweetgrass from the Pacific Northwest that clears your space with a sweet smelling aroma. And dually you can use this mist as a facial toner. It gives relief to your skin by calming it and reducing redness and inflammation. So this mist preps your skin and environment to welcome peace and healing.
3. TAKE A LONG, RELAXING BATH
There are very few places where can shut the door and no one’s invited. Your bathroom is one of them. So when is the last time you took advantage of this and indulged in taking a bath? If you’re feeling stressed and anxious, then taking a long and relaxing bath might be just what you need. Especially if you treat yourself and use amazing beauty and self-care products during your bath. Unwinding in a warm bath can ease your mind and soothe your troubles away.
The COUNTRY BATHHOUSE Sugar Fixe Serenity Body Scrub is an organic sugar cane scrub that exfoliates your dead skin as you shed your dead emotional weight. Sugar scrubs are boasted for gentle exfoliation, brightening your skin, smoothing your skin texture, and retaining your skin’s moisture. And as a cherry on top, this body scrub is made with shea butter and coconut oil for more hydration and supple skin. And the sage and mint essential oils used in this scrub are nourishing, pleasant-smelling, and also help to ease your mind and stimulate good vibrations and focus. So chill out with these fresh, clean, and calming ingredients and scrub all the bad stuff away.
4. CREATE AN AFFIRMATION & GRATITUDE LIST
Sometimes when you’re stressed and anxious, it can be hard to see outside of the situation you’re in. But that’s exactly why it’s a good idea to create an affirmation & gratitude list in that moment. In order to create an affirmation & gratitude list, you have to stop stressing and instead think about things that make you happy. Write down positive affirmations about yourself, and list things that you’re grateful to have. Nothing is too small or too big for your list; it’s yours. Then when you’re done read the list aloud from top to bottom, and feel the weight lifting off your shoulders. The current things you’re stressed about probably pale in comparison to the self-love and gratitude you put on your list. So keep your affirmation & gratitude list in safe space, and use it for self-care the next time you’re feeling stressed and anxious.
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5. TAKE A TIME-OUT & BREATHE
Stress and anxiety can have many physical effects on your body, like quick breathing that heightens your emotions. So once you feel yourself beginning to get physically anxious, take a time-out and just breathe. Taking conscious, slow deep breaths can help you calm down. And you can’t find your way back to happy unless you are calm. So take a moment and just breathe, and exhale the stress and worry away.
The KLEI Uplift Citrus Peels & Rose Floral Facial Steam is a perfectly named skincare steam with amazing benefits. The name comes from naturally uplifting ingredients like orange and lemon peels that bring happiness and put your mind at ease. And soothing ingredients like chamomile and lemongrass relieve stress from your mind, and calm inflammation in your skin. For added skincare benefits, florals like rose petals, lavender, and hibiscus moisturize your skin and even out your skin tone. You put these combined loose ingredients into a bowl of boiling water, use a towel over your head to contain the steam, and breathe deeply. The uplifting aroma raises your spirits as the steam and ingredients open your pores for skin-nourishing benefits.
There are many types of self-care, and many self-care activities to do when you’re feeling stressed and anxious. So the overall point is just to do something. Don’t let stress and anxiety own your moments and ruin your day. Your time is better spent being happy.