#7 Do something nice for someone else. Pay it forward at the drive thru at your favorite restaurant. If you overhear someone mention that they can’t afford an item, consider paying for it. Deliver a goodie basket to someone “Just Because”. Start listening to others for the sole purpose of finding out something you can do for them. Helping others is a great way of reducing your stress level by feeling better about yourself and taking the focus off us and our perceived problems. If your income is tight try making something or offer to babysit if needed. Just find something to help others and never under estimate the value of a smile and a kind word. It really is the best after all! Love you and remember to be your own kind of Beautiful! The rest of this series can be found on http://www.theartisansoapcompany.com
#6 Give yourself permission to take the day off. Turn off your phones and computers and unplug! Binge watch your favorite shows on Netflix or sleep all day if that is your choice! Grab a cup of Hot Chocolate, Tea or your favorite beverage and cuddle up and enjoy yourself with no agendas or plans. A mini staycation is what I call it! Try it and I think this may be your favorite of them all. I am excited about sharing the last 4 ways to reduce stress with you! Your Awesome!
#5 Learn to meditate. By meditating I mean to sit down in a comfortable position in a quiet area. Close your eyes and breath in through your nose, hold for 5 seconds, and out through your mouth for 5 seconds. You can think of a mantra you like or a prayer. Maybe thinking of all the things your grateful for. As you start noticing the benefits you can increase the duration. Maybe add some nice calming music and an essential oil diffused to really make the meditation effective. # 6 through #10 on the way! I hope the previous ideas have helped you be your best! All my love!
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Step 4 of reducing Stress
Your going to love this one….”Take a Nap”! I knew you would like it! Power naps have been proven to increase mental capacity and relieve fatigue. Napping is good for our hearts and stress levels. There is absolutely no reason why we can not do more of them. You deserve it! If you haven’t already please visit my website to get started using 100% Essential oil soaps that are oh so good for you and they use the benefits of aromatherapy to help you to relax and ease into that nap easily as well. http://www.theartisansoapcompany.com Remember to “Be Your Own Kind of Beautiful!
Take a Vacation! Studies have shown that just the act of planning a vacation reduces stress and gives us something to look forward to. I like to call it my “Happy Place”! Think about where it is that really calls out to you. Is it beaches and oceans? Mountains? Solitude or do you prefer lots of people? Dream about what season you would like to vacation during. Research everything. If a vacation is not affordable now, total the cost and divide the amount for as long as you need to stay within your budget. Remember planning alone is effective enough! If it is a year, or two, or five years down the road, that’s OK! Until then, close your eyes and dream of your “Happy Place” Visit http://www.theartisansoapcompany.com for some fabulous relaxing soaps.
#2 Take a good long nature walk! This wonderful activity has a wonderful way of soothing our minds and relaxing our bodies to lower stress levels. Your getting exercise as well as some valuable Vitamin D while your at it! Breath in the wonderful fresh air and enjoy yourself. Remember this is a relaxing walk not a marathon. Think happy thoughts and practice gratitude and joyfulness. Great Job! For some wonderful Artisan soap, try “Country Meadows Soap” at http://www.theartisansoapcompany.com #theartisansoapcompany
How are you managing your stress levels? You may be surprised to find your not doing very well. If that is the case this series will give you some ideas to consider in becoming your own kind of beautiful inside and out without the frazzled edges.
1. First things first! Let’s get this ball rolling in a big way everyday in my first exercise. Fill the air with your favorite and relaxing music and turn the lights down or light a candle. Take a good long hot soaking bath for no longer than 20 minutes using 100% Essential Oil soap from “The Artisan Soap Company” or by adding your own essential oil. Lavender is a great place to start since it is known to help relax and aid in sleep. 10 to 20 drops depending on how strong you like your scents. Pink Himalayan Salt is a terrific addition to assist in detoxifying as well as adding 84 trace minerals to your bath. One cup is plenty. This will improve blood circulation, sooth tired muscles, and give you a really good nights sleep. Repeat this process at least once a week to rejuvenate your body and spirit. Go to http://www.theartisansoapcompany.com to order 100% Essential oil Soaps. #theartisansoapcompany on Instagram if you love this first exercise. Only 9 more to go