We may be spending the bulk of our time from home, but many of us still with the everyday stresses of life. Our jobs, job hunting, school, parenting, finances, and so much more can still feel really overwhelming, so when it’s time to unplug, relax and reset, we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks to keep your stress levels to minimum and help you recharge for the day ahead.
Have a spa day from home
Grab the bubble bath, light some candles, and get to self-lovin’! While we anxiously wait to be pampered by professionals, there’s tons of affordable and easy-to-make DIY lip scrubs, under eye masks, and face masks to turn your self-care space into an at-home spa center. Use an exfoliating body scrub and toss in some citrus or a bath bomb into the tub for an added oh-so-sweet scent to your beauty regimen. If it’s hair washing day for you (for me that’s almost every day), try a hair mask, too! From your freshly nourished scalp down to your toe nail polish, you’ll be feeling good as new!
Relax your breathing with aromatherapy
It’s no secret that aromatherapy doesn’t just smell good, it helps to make you feel good, too! You can use anything from aromatic spritzers, facial steamers, oil diffusers, and more in combination with essential oils to combat stress, anxiety, headaches, and improve your sleep quality. There are bath salts, body oils, creams, and lotions infused with aromatic herbs and essential oils, too! You can even try certain CBD products—everything from CBD candy (that’s right, candy), to CBD roll-on oils or lotions to help reduce stress, depression, and anxiety!
Snack on mood-boosting foods
As much as we love these 3 musketeers, caffeine, alcohol, and sugar are the main culprits for making anxiety feel worse, as they affect our nervous systems. Instead, opt for some soothing tea like chamomile or green tea, snack on some dark chocolate, nuts, or blueberries (yum!), and swap the fast food for some salmon or a lean protein that supplies you with amino acids, which our bodies convert into serotonin, which is a mood-booster. Eating the right foods when you’re stressed or winding down can not only help curb your icky feelings (and won’t leave you tossing and turning all night), but they’re also great for your skin, too!
Try journaling or painting
This tip has been my saving grace during quarantine, and I think it’ll be yours, too! Whether you’re feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or just need to let off some steam, journaling is a great way to write out what you’re feeling, make lists, and set goals. We’ve got some extra tips on how to approach journaling, and tackle anxiety or stress with a confident and positive attitude! If you’re more on the artistic side, doodling and drawing is also a great form of therapy, too! For the inner artist, grab a blank canvas or just blank paper if that’s all you have, and put your painting to the test! You can even purchase one of those amazing adult coloring books to help you relax while stimulating the mind in a stress-free way!
Keep your space organized
Sometimes it’s difficult to unplug or unwind if your living space is messy or chaotic. It can be as simple as keeping clothes in their drawers rather than bundles on the floor, or deep cleaning once a week to help relieve yourself of an anxious environment. Declutter your closet, or simply reorganize your living room space to make it feel more comfy cozy for those hard days when you just want to relax on the soft. The more clean and organized your space, the better you will feel! You can even organize your beauty counter or makeup collection, too! Cleaning out old junk (and makeup) doesn’t just feel good, it helps to keep you healthy, too!
We want you to remember that you’re not alone! All of us ladies at Subtl need time to de-stress, unwind, and reset. We have struggles (and moments where one glass of wine simply isn’t enough), and we’ve learned a little advice goes a long way! Check out how our Subtl team likes to stay motivated and persevere when the going gets tough—maybe it’ll help you, too!