I have to share something personal: my life has been stressful. I have had a lot of changes and challenges the past year and a half. I quit my job to get a PhD, have had ongoing back issues which has caused a lot of physical pain, have had major changes in my personal life, and been in not one but two car accidents. But this isn’t a pity party, I promise. I have also learned that stressful times pass, and ultimately – they leave you stronger than before with a greater understanding of who you are and what is important. I’m thankful for all of these challenges, as odd as that sounds. But that doesn’t mean it has been easy! I’ve leaned on my friends and family more than ever in my life. I’ve also learned some great stress management techniques to keep me afloat during crazy times.
This post is about what is most important to me – and that’s staying well.
And I’m happy to say I am doing very well! I’m thankful to have free time again so I can blog and have so many great products and fun makeup to share with you all! But first, I wanted to share what I have been using lately which have kept me sane, relaxed, and looking good during these stressful times.
Fragrance has a way of uplifting a mood that’s almost magical.
I’ve talked about Blissoma candles here and there, but really – I can’t get enough! She makes some of the best all-natural candles I have ever used. The scent is strong without being overbearing, and all of her candles use a blend of scents that support and enhance each other. I have tried a few of the candles, but keep reaching for Peace – a blend of frankincense and palmarosa. It has an earthy, grounded scent that is truly calming. I love to burn it while I work at my desk at home. It keeps me focused and relaxed.
I love tea. I can’t even count the number of different teas I have. Chamomile tea is my go-to tea for stress. It has calming effects and is good for digestion as well. Some chamomile can taste a bit too floral or bitter for my personal preference, but I really like TAZO’s Chamomile tea.
TAZO’s Calm Chamomile also contains hibiscus, spearmint, lemongrass, blackberry and licorice. All of these balance the bitterness of the chamomile, providing a smooth and slightly sweet chamomile tea.
I also have recently been drinking Organic India’s Tulsi Honey Chamomile tea.
Tulsi, also known as Holy Basil, is known for its adaptogenic properties. It helps the body respond to stress and is calming without being sedating. The holy basil has a slight earthy, herbal flavor. The sweetness from the honey helps balance this and any potential bitterness from the chamomile nicely. I have tried teas with honey in the past that ended up tasting artificially sweet. This does not at all. The honey flavor is subtle and provides a true honey taste. I really love this tea and it is staying as a staple in my tea collection.
Oh baths, how I love you. There is nothing as relaxing as a warm bath, glass of wine and good book! I’m sad that it is summer now and WAY too hot for a bath (it was 117 degrees today). I have been known to turn the a/c way down and take a bath anyway though in the past heehee
I sometimes add a few drops of my own fragrance to the bath. I picked up NOW Naturally Loveable Essential Oil blend on a whim and am really loving it. It is a blend of lemon, orange, sandalwood, jasmine and ylang ylang – some of my most favorite scents! It is sweet (from the orange), bright (from the lemon) and floral (from the jasmine) but has a sensual earthiness from the sandalwood and ylang ylang.
After the bath, I like to massage in a body oil before sleeping. My skin has been pretty sensitive lately so I have been using organic jojoba oil.
My skin really loves jojoba oil, which is actually not a true oil but a liquid wax. It is very similar to our body’s own sebum. It helps calm any redness or irritations and moisturizes well without being greasy. As a side note, you can use it on your scalp too if you get dandruff or scalp irritation.
A Good Book
Along with the relaxing bath and glass of wine (OBVI), a good book is a must. Especially during stressful times, it’s important to take a mental break and focus on something other than whatever is causing the stress. My go-to book for times of stress has been Power of Now for years.
I honestly can’t even say how many times I have read this book over the past 10 years or so. While at times it can be a little new age-y, its message is amazing. When my mind drifts to the past or present, I can pick up this book, read a chapter or two and be reminded of the importance of living in the present. If you haven’t read this book before, I can’t recommend it enough. It really is life changing (and I don’t say that lightly).
And that’s it! These products have kept my body, mind and skin calm and happy. What do you use or do when stressed? Share in a comment below!
Disclosure: Some of these were provided to me to try. Opinions and the choice to review are 100% my own! I was not financially compensated for writing this blog post. This post contains affiliate links.