Whether it is an occasional occurrence or a chronic enemy, anxiety is always an unwelcome guest. In an effort to help you live your best, most relaxed life, here are nine ways to help you relax, unwind, and get centered.
Prayer, Meditation, and Positive Affirmations
Whatever your beliefs are, taking a moment to connect with a higher power, and/or your higher self can help center you and decrease feelings of stress. Disconnect from technology, light candles, spend a moment in a quiet space, and clear your mind of the day’s noise. After you spend some time thinking about nothing (which can be hard to do!), focus on all the beautiful things you see happening for you in your life. Feel free to say empowering things to yourself such as “I am enough,” “I am successful,” and “Si se puede!”
The sense of smell is a strong one. Calming and soothing scents are an effective way to de-stress. Some great essential oils to try include neroli, grapefruit, lavender, rose-scented geranium, rose, chamomile, and ylang ylang. Try a few drops in hot water to perfume a room, as a way to upgrade a bath (with a carrier oil), as an addition to massage oil, or in an aromatherapy diffuser.
Sage and Palo Santo
Smudging your home and yourself with sage and palo santo can clear out any old, negative energy that surrounds you. You can learn how to do this by watching this video.
Crystals are believed to contain a healing energy, and/or frequency, that can help us in our lives. Those that are helpful to combating stress and anxiety include lepidolite, amethyst, lapis lazuli, labradorite, blue lace agate, muscovite, clear quartz, and rose quartz. You can learn more about crystals, and how to use them to relieve stress here here and here.
A Restorative Bath
We mentioned that adding lavender essential oil to a bath can make it an even more calming experience, but there are some other ingredients that will take the spa-like feeling of relaxation to another level. Try adding the following:
- 1 cup Epsom salt
- ¼ cup sea salt
- ¼ cup baking soda
Exercise and Rest
These two elements of a healthy lifestyle might seem like the most obvious, but you would be surprised (or maybe not), at how much we neglect these two arenas. Exercising releases serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, endorphins in the brain, improving feelings of stress. And a 20-minute power nap can help you catch up on missed zs, also reducing any tension associated with that.
Ever notice that you see a lot of blues and greens in medical settings? This is no coincidence. These cool colors are a part of a bigger thing that is meant to help you relax. Also known as chromotherapy, color therapy uses colors to help our physical, mental, and emotional health. Colors that are good for relaxation include cool-toned, such as violet, and blues, and those found in nature, like greens.