There’s a lot of stress and anxiety going around at the moment.
Finding relief isn’t just about feeling better—stress impacts both our mental and physical health, causing depression, poor sleep, low productivity, irritability, chronic headaches, serious digestive and reproductive complications, and more
In other words, don’t put it off: You deserve to feel happier and less stressed now. Unlike band-aids such as junk food and alcohol, prioritising self care and wellness is proven to naturally combat anxiety and bad vibes. And you don’t have to spend big bucks at a spa to de-stress, either—you can bring the spa to you!
Below are 3 DIY ways you can help prevent and alleviate stress and anxiety at home. Treat yourself by setting aside time to enjoy at least one of these approaches weekly—you’ll be amazed how much clearer your mind feels!
Aromatherapy is simply the use of essential oils for therapeutic benefits. When you diffuse essential oils, their scent molecules travel through the air and into the receptors of your limbic system, which is where your brain processes emotions and memory. In other words, aromatherapy is an easy, natural, and effective shortcut for boosting your mood. Bonus: it makes your bedroom and other living spaces smell awesome, too!
Diffusing is as easy as setting it and forgetting it. To help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety, all you need to do is add 5-8 drops of immortelle essential oil (aka Helichrysum italicum) to your electronic mist diffuser.
For maximum benefits, we suggest putting your phone away for a bit, focusing on your breathing and curling up with your favorite book, meditating, practicing some yoga, or even tidying up your space—all of which have been shown to help soothing bad vibes.
Whether professionally or from your partner at home, nothing melts away stress and tension like a massage—especially when you incorporate the anti-inflammatory benefits of immortelle essential oil!
Start by choosing a carrier oil like vitamin-rich almond oil, coconut oil, or the super moisturizer jojoba oil, which is incredible for those of us with dry skin. Then, simply add 4-8 drops of immortelle oil, mix, and you’re ready to massage.
Show extra love to tension-holding areas like your neck, shoulders, face, hands and feet. When massaging your hands and feet, make sure to apply even pressure to each individual toe and finger. You’d be surprised how much stress hides out there.
When massaging your face, use the tips and sides of your index fingers and thumbs. Move in firm but gentle upward motions, working your way from the center of your face outward. This can do wonders for relieving facial tension and puffiness.
And most important of all: enjoy yourself! Take your time, move slowly, and shut your mind off for a few minutes. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
A steamy bath at the end of a long day is a classic for a reason: it works! Studies even suggest a calming bath before bed can help you get a better night’s sleep. Pretty cool, right!?
Want to make your own baths more luxurious and soothing? Just add 10-15 drops of immortelle oil (aka Helichrysum Italicum) along with your go-to faves like salts and bombs. For double the relaxation, try diffusing immortelle oil while you soak, too!
Because soaking in hot water can dehydrate both you and your skin, make sure to moisturize and rehydrate soon after your bath.