Helpful ways to avoid stress and… relax!

lavender, lemon, peppermt02Unfortunately too many of us today are juggling too many things and cramming them into increasingly tighter schedules. Immune systems are compromised, good eating habits have all but disappeared, and sleeping patterns disrupted. But before you give in to living with stress…

Here are some successful, and easy, stress relievers…

  1. Reading. Turn off technology – phones, television, computers, ipads (after you’ve read this) – technology is full of “noise”, images , bright colors, that help to raise stress levels. Instead curl up with a good book or favorite magazine. It will help ease anxiety by increasing serotonin, giving you a sense of well being and relaxation.
  2. Alone Time. This may sound anti-social, but it will actually help you be more attentive and “in the moment” at social gatherings. Take a day or two to catch up on rest and “alone time”. Stay home or take a retreat to a nature reserve or nearby town. Find time away from your family and friends. It doesn’t mean you don’t love them! Everyone needs time separate from others to keep a healthy mindset. If you can’t leave, try taking just 10 minutes to “recharge your brain”. Lay down, close your eyes, and think of a place that relaxes you (ocean, field) or if you can, think about absolutely nothing. Relax every muscle from head to toe.
  3. Aromatherapy. Help your whole family relax with lavender, peppermint, and eucalyptus essential oils and candles. Oils can be diffused into the air or dabbed directly on the skin (usually the back of the neck or sole of the foot). Add a drop of peppermint to your cafe mocha in the morning for a little lift. Spray your pillow with lavender in the evening to ensure a restful sleep. Place all natural aromatherapy candles throughout the house for a subtle scent that keeps your home smelling peaceful.
  4. Music. Listen to calming music. Slow, with repetitive phrasing and no vocals. Music with binaural beats will produce higher levels of alpha waves in your brain, which help you to relax.


Karen Masters, Life Coach and owner of Artful Living Boutique can be reached

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