Stressed out,feeling on the edge…when those moments happen, I turn to these little things for imminent relief.
Bodhi Mint Thé Temple Balm
Oh my! A botanical blend of mint, eucalypus, frankincense, white camphor, Cajeput, Babassu Nut oil and other goodies to soothe tension, headaches, muscular aches, travel anxiety etc., it’s simply a must-have in your bedside table, or on your office desk. You rub it in your temples, wrists, feet or any aching part and I tell you, you can already feel some weight being lifted off your shoulder. Because it is very refreshing and contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial ingredients, I’ve found it also effective as a decongestant. When feeling a bit under the weather, I delicately apply a tiny amount under the nose, inhale deeply and I already feel less congested.
Solyvia “Take it Easy” Aromatherapy roll-on
I always carry aromatherapy roll-on with me. Several months ago, I purchased “Take it Easy” from Solyvia, a botanical brand from Corsica. The name of the product is self-explanatory, and the combination of essential oils specifically against stress and anxiety offers a real moment of relaxation. Containing Nigella, St-John’s-wort and essential oils of marjoram, chamomile, ylang ylang, bitter orange and mandarin, I keep it in my bag and whenever things start to get hectic, I apply it on my wrists or on the temples and it keeps me zen enough while waiting for the storm to pass (aka. crowded bus/trains 😉
Emma’s Eco-soy wax candles*
Artificially-scented candles used to give me headaches and frankly, once you’ve tried naturally fragranced candles, it’s hard to go back to those funky scented candles (I once came accross a bacon-scented candle, not sure I’d like my room to smell like meat…) To soothe (lavender) or to energize (lemongrass), candles contribute in adding to the room a more zen atmosphere. Emma’s eco-soy candles are handcrafted, made in Ireland and they are beautifully and delicately fragranced with essential oils. They fill the room with a subtle aroma and instantly lighten the mood. I’m also digging the cute floral and colorful packaging. They are long-lasting (approx 15-20 hours), and I can’t get enough of the lemongrass and lavender scents. Pure bliss!
Martin Seligman & Learned Optimism: How to change your mind and your life.
Known as the father of the science of positive psychology, Martin E.P. Seligman has gathered over twenty years of clinical research in his book to demonstrate how optimism improves the quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it. He offers a solid theoretical background to assert his thesis, but the groundbreaking part remains the series of simple techniques and exercices included, which are cited as helping to” break up depression, boost your immune system, better develop your potential, and make you happier”. Optimism can be taught and aquired, it’s not innate, and it is possible to get rid of the “I give up” attitude. I’ve found his book very helpful because the exercises ( such as, the “inner positive talk” or “the explanatory style to interpret your behavior”) do contribute in a change of perspective when facing challenging times. Seligman also explains how our sense of reality is more accurate when we experience pessimism, and how we can actually use our “feeling blue” moments to bounce back. To quote the author, “defeat is a temporary setback”.
What are the little tools you use to unwind?