7 Relaxing Self-Care Techniques to Help You Calm Down When You're Stressed or Anxious
1) Take a bubble bath
Taking a bubble bath or shower or really just submerging yourself in nice warm water is one of the best ways to relax. It gives you something to do and a space to be in. On an energetic level, water is very cleansing so it clears out stagnant energy you’ve been carrying around. The warmth of the water helps your muscles to relax, which also helps your mind to relax. Our bodies and minds are connected so when you take care of one it helps you to take care of the other! If you’ve been feeling anxious or stressed out this is one of the quickest ways to get out of the funk. Adding essential oils, epsom salts, or natural bubble bath to your bath can make it even more relaxing. Try to keep your phone in the other room so it doesn’t distract you. Bath time is a great time to be alone with your thoughts and really listen to your inner self, but if you feel like you need something to focus your mind on, read a motivational and uplifting book or listen to some relaxing music.
2) Do some yoga
Like I said before, when you calm your body down, you also calm your mind down. Yoga is an awesome way to relieve stress and anxiety. You can practice yoga at home or attend a class. If you’re going to a class, look for a gentle hatha class or a yin class to help you chill out. Remember that yoga is a practice and not a competition. You are there to relax, not to compare yourself to others. If you’re practicing at home, try to avoid all distractions.
3) Go for a walk (especially in nature)
Walking is an awesome way to clear your mind and relax yourself. When you’re walking and moving, it helps you to clear your head because it forces you to breathe deep and the movement gives you something to focus on. If you can walk in nature, that’s even better because the energy from the nature will help you to relax even further. It’s been scientifically proven that Forest Bathing, or walking among the trees, can help improve your health. One of the ways it helps is by lowering stress levels!
4) Disconnect from technology
Your phone can stress you out. That’s probably not a secret to you, and if this is the first time you’re thinking about it, start to take notice of how you feel when you’re scrolling through social media or responding to text messages. I’m not saying that technology is bad. In fact, I think it’s a seriously powerful tool for connection, growth, and learning. However, it shouldn’t control your life. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and like there’s too much to do and too little time or everyone seems to want something from you, just take some time to disconnect. Put your phone on silent in the other room and don’t touch it for at least an hour. If you need to give people a heads up that you’ll be away for a bit, you can do that. Just take time to disconnect from all technology at that time. No television. No music. No laptop. No iPad. If anything, just read a physical page turning book. The longer you can allow yourself to be without technology, the bigger an impact it will have. I try to spend my morning for at least an hour disconnected from technology if I can.
5) Use essential oils
Plants are seriously powerful! I can’t stress this enough. Essential oils have greatly helped me overcome my anxiety by helping me cope with my stress levels and overwhelm. Using essential oils works because the aroma of certain oils interact by stimulating part of your brain in certain ways. On an energetic level, each oil vibrates at a certain frequency and those frequencies correspond to certain emotions. There is a lot of science behind why oils work, but all you really need to know is that they do work and which ones to use in what situation. The best oils to use when you’re feeling stressed and anxious are lavender, bergamot, ylang ylang, and vetiver. You can even combine them all and make a stress busting blend. As a bonus, they smell really good! Make sure you’re buying real, good quality, authentic essential oils. There is unfortunately a lot of crap and fake stuff out on the market being marketed as essential oils because the industry isn’t regulated by anyone, so shop smart. The brand I purchase and whole heartedly trust is Rocky Mountain Oils. They’re not an MLM oil brand and they offer free shipping in the United States. Their oils are very high quality and responsibly sourced.
Get your thoughts out of your head and onto paper! Take a pen. Take a piece of paper or journal. Write. Just allow the words to flow. I can’t stress how important and helpful this is. Getting your thoughts, worries, emotions, and energy down on paper helps you release it. Do you want to be holding onto stress and anxiety? No? Okay cool. WRITE IT DOWN. Don’t judge what you’re writing or try to make it sound professional or even good. Just write.
7) Drink some tea
I’m an avid tea drinker and lately I’ve been obsessed with drinking Chamomile. I really do find that it helps to calm me down when I’m feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Using chamomile to sleep better and relax has been done for centuries. The plant used to be collected for medicinal purposes before modern medicine. In other words, this shit works. Get a cup. Get some hot water. Get a chamomile tea bag. Add some honey if you’d like. Sip and savor. For added stress relieving benefits, try to mindfully sip your tea. You can combine this self-care technique with some of the others by enjoying your tea in the bath or enjoying your tea while journaling. Allow yourself to enjoy the moment and find some stillness in your day and life.