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5 Ways to Reduce Stress this Summer

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Stress. We all experience it, and we’ve all got different ways of handling it. Between work, school, family commitments, relationships and other responsibilities, you may be feeling the heat more often than not.

Check out our top five tips to relax, refocus and help reduce your stress, and put the ones that resonate with you into practice today!

 

Meditation

Meditation can be practiced anywhere. It is a practice that uses mindfulness to increase feelings of happiness and calm, and can be helpful to help reduce anxiety or stress. Meditating can take just 5-10 minutes of your day. Here’s how to get started: Sit or lay down in a comfortable position, close your eyes, relax your body and mind and just focus on your gentle breathing. If you feel your mind starts to wander, don’t be too hard on yourself and try to bring your attention back to your breath. That’s it! If you’re having trouble, try a meditation app to guide you.

 

Mile A Day
It is so important that we get our bodies moving throughout the day. I practice what I call “A mile a day,” where I try to walk or run for one mile every single day. This allows me to clear my mind, connect with nature and give my body the physical activity that it needs. You can do this either outdoors or indoors, and you will feel amazing afterwards.

 

Yoga
In a national survey, over 85% of people who did yoga reported that it helped them relieve stress. Exercise is a very useful way to relieve stress, but yoga is different from spinning class or weight-lifting in that it powerfully combines both physical fitness with an underlying philosophy of self-compassion and awareness. One of the main concepts in yoga is being non-judgmental toward both yourself and others, which is a powerful tool for stress relief since much of our stress comes from us being hard on ourselves or frustrated with others.

 

 Massage
Massaging is an excellent way to release your body of any tension or muscle aches. You don’t have to go anywhere to have a great massage. You can do it yourself! Use a tennis ball to massage anywhere you feel pain or tension. Place the tennis ball on the affected area and put your weight on the ball. For example, if your foot is aching, place the tennis ball under your foot and roll it out. If your upper back is in pain, place your back on the tennis ball on a wall. This way, you can roll around against the wall to direct the ball towards where the pain or ache is. If you don’t have a tennis ball lying around, simply use your hands to apply gentle pressure to where the pain is and massage it for a few minutes to release tension. You can also apply our Divine Massage Oil that contains eucalyptus oil and camphor. Eucalyptus oil is one of the more commonly used essential oils for massage because of its anti-inflammatory properties that help treat muscle cramps, spasms and sprains. 

 

Essential Oils
For an almost instant feeling of serenity,try some essential oils. For example, Lavender is helps decompress. Peppermint is also a very popular essential oil because the smell is so energizing. Lastly, the Vanilla essential oil is light and calming. The possibilities with essential oils are endless; choose the one that resonates with you in your wellness rituals.