There’s no doubt about it, those of us in America have been living under bizarre circumstances and it’s taking a toll on our stress levels. Unless you’ve been hiding in a dark hole, it’s hard to believe you haven’t been affected by it. The family separation crisis alone has been giving me nightmares and it goes beyond politics. It’s a human issue that anyone who is a mother or who has mothered anything at all should understand. I know it’s easier to shut out the noise out completely but that doesn’t solve anything. Still, we don’t want our blood pressure going up to unsafe levels. I’ve come up with a few suggestions to reduce stress so you don’t end up having a heart attack.
Take a walk
Walking is my saving grace. I do it religiously every morning and I don’t consider myself to be that religious. It’s my time to relax, be in touch with nature (even in the big city), and gather my thoughts.
Use lavender frequently
Lavender oil or spray is relaxation in a bottle. Put a dab of pure lavender essential oil on your neck, around your ears, or anywhere else you can whiff it. You can also sit down in a chair and wrap a lavender neck pillow around your shoulders. Sit for about 10 minutes and close your eyes.
Drink Hibiscus tea
Buy a foot massager
The nerves in your feet connect to every part of your body. If you stick a foot massager under your desk it will not only ease your aching feet but will help you relax. A cheaper fix is to use a dryer ball and roll it under your toes whenever you get a chance. If you can, book yourself a spa appointment. Let someone else help you reduce stress.
Limit your consumption of the news
I often find myself listening to the news all day long in the background. I want to know what the “disaster of the day” is, but it’s distracting and makes me angry. Set parameters on how long you’ll watch or listen to the news each day and switch to lighter fare later on. Something comedic always helps reduce stress. Never watch the news right before going to bed or you’ll be up all night freaking out.
Try a natural sleep aid
Don’t worry about becoming a meditation master. Just sit in a chair, close your eyes, and give yourself 10 minutes to breathe deeply and relax to reduce stress. You can learn to meditate here.
Reduce stress by taking action to change the world for the better
This may sound like something that will create more stress, but aiding in finding a solution by calling your Congress members, going out to protest, comforting a victim, or making a donation will ease your tensions a bit because you know you’ve contributed.
What are your best tips to reduce stress when life is crazy? Please leave a comment below.