Updated: Jun 16
Sometimes when things get to a state of extreme stress, it can help to bring in reinforcements. These reinforcements can involve changing the atmosphere or accessories to soothe your mood. Calming scents, relaxing music, or a gadget to settle your nerves are simple tools that can make a world of difference in how you feel. Here are some ideas to add to your stress-busting toolbox.
Aromatherapy has become all the rage lately and with good reason. Scents can truly transform your mood. If you’re looking to feel more Zen, you may want to consider lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, bergamot, chamomile, or sage. You can bring these lovely scents into your environment with candles, oil burners, and reed diffusers, among others. Room deodorizers and car fresheners are also available for use on-the-go.
Music is a great option for stress relief because you can add it to the background of many activities throughout your day in order to set your desired mood. If you're feeling sad or tired, an upbeat tune can energize you. When you're stressed out and overwhelmed, soft and classical music is relaxing. Some music can even help you to focus when you need to get something done. You may need to experiment in order to find what music produces the most desired effects for you.
Light and mood go hand-in-hand. Bright lights can wake us up when we need a boost. Candlelight dinners are romantic. Dimmed lighting can also be quite calming, as can the morning light streaming in your window as the sun rises. Choosing the lighting for your environment is an effective way to provide an immediate sense of peace.
Accessories and Gadgets
Finally, there are some accessories and gadgets on the market meant to help users to de-stress or calm down. A quick Google or Pinterest search can point you to many. There are weighted blankets meant to give the sensation of a hug or embrace. A fidget cube lets the user "fidget" in order to occupy their hands, which can ease anxiety. You may already be familiar with "stress balls", those squishy little balls you can hold in your hand and squeeze when you're feeling stressed or angry for a wonderful release. These are just a few examples. When doing your own research, look for trusted sites that provide customer reviews to guide your decision making.
It's nice to know you have the power to lessen your stress by changing your atmosphere or grabbing a gadget. I hope some of these suggestions will help to find calm in your time of need.
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