We are officially busy this week at Essential Care. With our up-coming, super-special surprise taking loads of time, weddings, the kids half-term, business trips abroad and a multitude of other tasks that all need our attention right this second, it will come as no surprise that tension levels in the office is on the increase.
Stress and anxiety are the body’s natural ways of helping in emergency situations – also known as the flight or fight response, but when it goes on for long periods of time with no respite it can become very harmful for your mental and physical wellbeing.
Fortunately we all have our own ways of managing our worry levels so this week we thought we would share some tips with you!
1. Look for products containing relaxing Essential Oils: Frankincense, Lavender and Bergamot are all great, natural relaxants, renowned for their abilities to relax even super stressed minds. Our ‘Relax’ blend is fantastic for vaporisers or on a tissue!
2. Try sprinkling a few drops of Lavender Essential Oil onto your pillow before bed for sweet dreams or into a warm bath. The bath must be warm, not hot though as the heat will raise your heart rate rapidly, working against any attempts to chill out!
3. Give yourself a gentle facial massage. Take a great, rich moisturiser with some key relaxing ingredients, like our Organic Avocado Replenishing cream and working from the centre of the face, stroke upwards and out over the skin. Pay particular attention the point between the eyebrows and your temples to release natural feel-good hormones.
4. Learn some mindfulness techniques: The modern equivalent of meditation involves simply learning to listen to your body and control your thoughts. It can be done anywhere, at any time and has shown excellent results in improving concentration, sleep issues and reducing stress. For more information visit Be Mindful.
5. Get some exercise: Go for a walk, run or cycle and you will rapidly notice how much better you feel.
And finally look after your diet. Yes it is tempting to skip meals and subsist on a diet of caffeine and chocolate when you are up against it, not to mention real nasties like cigarettes and alcohol but given that alchohol is a depressant, nicotine and caffeine are stimulants and no one feels great after a binge, you are far better off trying to take care of yourself. Green Tea is a great alternative to caffeine and small meals taken often will keep your energy levels stable throughout the day. Try a supplement if needs be to keep your immune system boosted.