SPONSORED: 6 stress-busting saviours to try today
Take time out with these anxiety-relieving products and exercises.
Many of us suffer from stress on a daily basis, but when you throw quarantine and social distancing into the mix, it can leave us with a whirlwind of emotions that affect our mental health. With the world on lockdown, you may be finding yourself worried about what lies ahead, and perhaps you're feeling anxious about being in social isolation.
Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, which may lead you to feel that you're unable to cope. It's especially important that, during times like this, we find ways to take care of our mental wellbeing. If you're feeling overwhelmed, there are various activities you can do to relieve stress at home.
Carve out me time
Everyone has their own idea of what pampering themselves means, but we love a good soak in the bath with bath salts, aromatherapy candles and a good book. Your 'me' time should be used to do something that makes you happy and helps you to relax. This might be gardening, baking, or just sitting in a quiet space without your phone.
Get some exercise
Whilst exercising certainly won't make your worries completely disappear, it often helps to clear your mind, allowing you to better manage your stress. Exercise is also known to release endorphins that help you to be more positive, and improves self-esteem.
Try something crafty
Remember when you were a child and used to colour without a care in the world? Tap into your inner creative kid and let your worries wash away. This could be anything from sketching and painting, to creating a scrapbook or knitting your own clothes!
It may seem natural, but when we're stressed, we often shorten our inhalations and exhalations without realising it. To help during particularly anxious times, try to pause and take five long, deep breaths in and out. Using this time to focus only on your breathing will automatically put your mind at ease.
Talk to someone
When your mental health is suffering, it often helps to talk to someone. This could be a friend or family member, or even someone you don't know, if you're feeling particularly overwhelmed. Other people may be able to help you find ways to better manage your anxiety, change your outlook to handle negative emotions and thoughts, or simply help relieve some of your stress just by listening to you express your feelings.
6 stress-busting saviours to try today
Inspired by the ancient Indian principles of Ayurveda, vegan skincare brand Urban Veda believes that wellness depends on balance between the mind, body and spirit. The Soothing Sandalwood skincare range has been formulated to balance the mind and the skin. Aligned to the Pitta dosha in Ayurveda, the range is aimed at people whose skin is typically sensitive and prone to inflammation. The tremendous healing qualities of sandalwood have been blended alongside lavender, ylang ylang, clove and rosemary, to soothe skin and relax the mind. Even inhaling the scent before you apply the products will quickly put your mind at ease. Choose from a range of goodies including a facial wash, face oil, body scrub and night cream.
Our skin can react to stress with dryness, acne flare-ups and inflammation, and one of the best ways you can take care of stressed skin is to keep it hydrated at all times. Give your skin a boost while enjoying a bit of pampering with a deeply-nourishing face mask. The Boost of Indulgence Facial Mask by Natural SELF is dermatologically tested for sensitive skin and approved for all skin types. It is made only with 100% natural ingredients, including betaine, agave tequilania and tomato extract, which act in harmony to give a long-lasting, soothing effect on the skin. Effective against fine lines and wrinkles, whilst deeply nourishing the skin and giving it a healthy, radiant glow. What's more, while stocks last, Natural Self is offering a free Facial Treatment Brush with every purchase of the mask. Use the code NOSTRESS to enjoy this little extra treat.
Why not combine creativity and exercise for the ultimate stress-buster? With London-based DIYogi's eco yoga mats, you can write and draw on your mat using markers, to create a personal experience. You don't even need to be an artist, either: the provided drawing stencils and pre-made patterns make it that much easier to create a design you'll love. The mats – which are made from sustainably sourced, vegan materials – are free from PVC, foam, phtalates and glue. They also feature a non-slip grip to keep you in place even during hot yoga sessions, while the inside of the mat features a layer of antibacterial cotton to keep the mat fresher for longer, as well as providing extra cushioning. What's more, for each mat sold, DIYogi makes a donation to Clear Blue Seas, an
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Fancy giving yourself a spa experience in the comfort of your own home? The Little Organic Company offers a range of skincare products made with a blend of natural and organic ingredients that are packed with vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants to make your skin feel smooth, nourished and refreshed from top to bottom. The range is also suitable and therapeutic for people with problematic and sensitive skin, as well as being vegan and cruelty-free.
Help soothe your anxiety throughout the day with this beautifully fragrant roll-on; a unique natural perfume. Featuring the wonderful scent of Madagascan ylang ylang that's both soothing and comforting, it's blended with sweet orange, lavender, geranium and patchouli to soothe anxiety and runaway thoughts. Simply apply to pulse points whenever you’re feeling stressed or under the weather.
If your mind is racing throughout the day, or you struggle to sleep at night, aromatherapy oils can often help to relax your mind and body. The Innerscenets range features unique essential oil blends designed to help you live well and sleep well. The team of aromatherapists use their expertise to formulate each range of cruelty-free products, including candles, pillow mists and roll-ons. The entire range is free from preservatives, additives, SLS and parabens, and comes in recyclable bottles. Try the products for yourself with a 15% discount exclusive for Veggie readers. Use the code VEGGIE at checkout. Valid until 30th June, 2020.
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