Boy, you can learn a lot about the state of society by visiting a bookstore. On a recent trip, I noticed an entire display table covered in Stress-Reducing Colouring Books. I’m not talking about the kid variety, but rather books full of gorgeous intricate zen-inspired patterns. These books promise hours and hours of stress relief, mindful calm, and fun, creative expression. Whoohoo, sign me up for THAT!
Coloring has a de-stressing effect because when we focus on a particular activity, we focus on it and not on our worries. Simple right? No wonder these colouring books are all the rage. I guess everyone could use a few stress reducing tips. So I’d like to share some of my favourites with you.
I love these because they are time-tested stress reducing tips that are also easy and simple to use. In fact, they’re SO simple you probably forgot all about them.
So stress begone! Try these 5 stress busters instead:
Aromatherapy Diffuser/Oil Burner – add 4 drops of lavender and chamomile oils to a diffuser. The oils permeate the air and help you achieve a state of peacefulness. When you are in a calm, relaxed state you better hear the messages coming to you from your Divine Guidance.
Aroma Bath – place 4 drops of lavender and chamomile into a bathtub filled with warm water and consider including healing salts (like Himalayan or Atlantic) for further detox. The minerals of the salts pull out heavy and dense energy from your body and can also help you release your fears and worries.
Journaling – make a list of anything you would like to release. This can be things, situations, or even people. Then surrender it all to God/Universe/Source or whatever you believe in. You can also do this on your computer. Write it all out then close it without saving. Writing down your worries is a great way to release them and nobody but you needs to see what you have written. This is also a great thing to do before bed (especially for those with sleep troubles). Getting everything out on paper means you no longer have to process them over and over again in your mind.
Exercise – is a wonderful relaxer and stress reliever, and even better when done outside. There’s something about being out in nature that allows us to naturally shut off our minds a little bit. In fact, many people claim exercising is akin to meditating, allowing them to shut off their busy minds and enjoy peace instead. Again, in this peaceful state, you have easier access to your inner guidance so notice what thoughts come to you while you are exercising and then be sure to follow up by taking the appropriate action steps.
Herbal tea – chamomile is known for its calming effects. But there are many herbal flavours and blends that you can enjoy during the day when you feel stressed. Herbs work with your body not against it so you can enjoy herbal teas during the day without worrying about falling asleep. Try organic loose leaf tea if you can.
Still struggling, check out Part Three of my Spirited Woman Guest Blog Series here for added support.