It's the time of year where we should be filled with Cheer and Good Will, but sometimes the added burdens that come with the Holidays make it tough to actually feel cheerful.
Home, family, work, school, church, community and more - when do you find a minute to just relax and enjoy the moment? When you are feeling stressed and pulled in different directions it's important to pay attention and take time for some needed self-care.
At this time of year it's more important than ever to take time to care for yourself so that you can be fully present and Glow through the Holidays.
In this 7 Day Glow Podcast episode I’m sharing some of my favorite self-care tips for handling holiday stress so you can Glow Glow Glow all season long.
I think we can all agree that the 2020 Holiday season is going to be a unique one. Between dealing with home-schooling, avoiding Covid, walking the usual highwire of family obligations, and just general Holiday rush. I’m expecting our stress levels to be at an all time high this year.
Stress can negatively affect the appearance of your skin, can cause rosacea and eczema flare-ups and even hives.
When stress steps in I turn to my favorite stress busters to get me through and I’ve collected my top ten to share with you today.
1. Breathe deeply. When the body is stressed, it starts to breathe shallowly. Take two deep breaths, inhale through your nose and exhale through the mouth. Then allow your body to relax into normal breathing. Notice what that feels like and take a moment to keep your body breathing evenly. By pausing for those two breaths you take your mind and body out of “head stress” mode and help to refocus on essentials.
2. Thank yourself. Spend a moment in gratitude and thank yourself for taking good care of yourself! Gratitude boosts happiness.
3. Carve out a spot and claim it for yourself. Whether a bathroom, bedroom, closet or even your car - pick just one place to call your own. Stock your favorite spot with all of your favorite bath essentials, scents, candles and anything else that makes you feel snug and secure.
When choosing scents for your relaxation space choose scents such as Lavender, Orange and Ylang Ylang essential oils. These scents are known for their stress relieving properties.
Choose unscented candles. Candlelight is extremely effective in assisting relaxation however if the scent clashes with your Aromatherapy scents they will not help much. If you want to use candles to scent your room opt for all natural beeswax candles scented with Essential Oils. Although beeswax candles have a warm scent on their own I find very cozy.
4. Maintain a Simple Routine morning and night. We all know that seasonal events, parties, school programs and more all wreak havoc on our usual life schedules during the holidays. To offset the stress caused by daily changes to what would normally be a solid schedule, establish and maintain simple morning and evening schedules to help keep you stable.
Try to wake and go to bed at the same time each day as much as your holiday schedule will allow. One of the worst things you can do during stressful times is uproot your sleep schedule. Incorporate some simple Yoga stretches and deep breathing into your morning routine. Eat regular meals and don't skip breakfast. End your day with relaxing bath products and by taking a moment to yourself to reflect on your day.
Take a moment to review how you are doing. Are you feeling stressed? Calm? Do you need a little more alone time right now? Take it! No matter how tired you are at night, continue to follow your facial routine to avoid break-outs caused by stress and lack of self-care and to keep your complexion rosy.
5. A hot bath at the end of a hectic day can go a long day toward easing stress and promoting important deep sleep. Layer your bath with natural Lavender Essential Oil to help you relax. Good options are a natural beeswax candle scented with natural lavender essential oil, lavender bath oil, and Lavender soaps or scrubs.
6. Take a Calming Escape Break - Cover your eyes with a warm towel and place a couple drops of soothing essential oil on the towel by your nose. Reducing stimuli by covering your eyes calms your overactive brain, and the scent of the essential oil bypasses the 'thinking brain' to the 'emotional brain' delivering an immediate calming response.
7. Combat Stress with Leg Elevated Yoga Poses - Legs elevated yoga poses divert blood from the legs to your abdomen to boost digestion and reverse the stress response of the body. If yoga is not possible for you take a 15 minute break by laying on your back on your couch and resting your legs in an elevated position so that your feet are higher than your head.
8. Get at least 5 minutes of fresh air per day to clear body and mind. Whether you go for a short walk or just spend five minutes standing outdoors, try to find those minutes of me time.
9. Spend time in nature and maintain a regular exercise schedule. Regular exercise is known to reduce stress and working out positively balances mental health. Sunlight and exercise both boost endorphins and feel good chemicals. My top favorite stress busting Trifecta: Walking my dog in the beautiful Northwoods of Wisconsin. Sunlight, exercise, and an adorable companion! Can't be beat!
10. As I mentioned before, Lavender is my top favorite essential oil for relaxation and stress relief. Lavender blends well with almost any other fragrance. Boost your lotions, sugar scrubs, and other body products with a touch of Lavender for an aromatherapy boost throughout the day. Just pour your preferred "base" lotion (or other product) into the palm of your hand and drop a bit of lavender on top. Stir it in and apply!
Whether you are in full stressed-out mode, or just experiencing the usual Holiday Rush, make sure you don’t skip your self-care skincare routine morning and night. Nothing dims your glow faster than looking dull or drawn-out.
Thank you so much for taking time from what I know is a busy schedule, to listen to today’s podcast. I hope you were able to find at least one stress busting strategy here today to incorporate into your life immediately. Next week we are going to learn how drinking water and getting just a small amount of daily exercise can have a major impact on your Glow.
I am the natural skincare formulator, biologist, certified clinical aromatherapist, and obsessed self-care advocate who founded 7 Day Glow's holistic, simple skincare approach. I'm on a mission to empower women with the tools they need to find and maintain their Glow simply and with confidence.
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