Life can get busy. Between work and family obligations, it's easy to get run down by stress. That's why it's important to take some time, at least once a week (if not more) for yourself - to relax, regroup and prepared to take on the challenge of everyday life.
There are many ways to reduce stress but some are more effective than others. Here are the top 10 most effective ways to reduce stress - naturally!
1) Draw a bubble bath
A warm bath can help to relieve tense muscles and ease your mind. Just 10 minutes in the bath can help improve your overall mood and your response to mental stressors.
Adding a bath soak with a pleasant scent helps to enhance the stress reducing properties of the bath. Try Pure Fiji's coconut milk bath soak with its blend of exotic nut oils and mood-boosting infusions, like guava, coconut, mango and orange blossom.
To further boost your experience, add an island votive candle from Pure Fiji to transport you to paradise.
2) Use a room spray
Using a spray in your bedroom, living room or any other room in your house that you frequent can help you to de-stress throughout the day. It will not only freshen up your house, but the scent can also help to boost your mood, ease your troubled mind and put your nerves to rest.
Pure Fiji's room mist transforms your space into a tropical paradise with infusions like coconut, mango, pineapple and passionflower.
3) Eat for stress relief
Certain foods can help to relieve tension, stabilize blood sugar and improve your emotional response to stressful situations. Eating clean and focusing on natural, not processed, foods is important when trying to combat stress. Eat plenty of leafy green vegetables, proteins (like turkey), dark chocolate, complex carbs (like oatmeal) and fruits.
4) Give yourself a DIY Facial
The effects of a stressful lifestyle are not only apparent in our minds and bodies but can also be visible on our skin. Stress affects the skin by causing inflammation, blotchiness and redness.
An at-home facial is a great way to combat these effects, while also providing a soothing, stress relieving experience. There are four simple components to any at-home DIY natural beauty facial routine: a gentle cleanser, steam, exfoliating peel and a moisturizer.
DIY Pure Fiji Purifying Facial
- Pre moisten 2 cotton rounds with Facial Oil
- 1 tsp Purifying cleanser
- 1 tbsp Balancing toner
- cotton pads
- 1 tsp Exfoliating scrub
- ½ tsp Perfecting day cream or Hydrating day cream
- ⅛ tsp eye creme
- ⅛ tsp lip balm
- ⅛ tsp Dilo anti-aging booster
- 2 cleansing sponges
Step 1: Cleanse With Pineapple and Papaya Extracts
- Remove any eye make up with facial oil on cotton rounds
- Splash your face with warm water, place a small amount of Purifying Cleanser in your hands and work up a lather.
- Gently apply to your face and rinse with warm water and sponges.
Benefits: This will leave your face clean and smooth without drying.
Step 2: Radiant Skin Treatment
- Put a small amount of Exfoliating Scrub on your hands, gently smooth over the dÈcolletÈ and face using circular motions working up the neck to chin across jaw line up to the cheeks finishing on the forehead.
- Relax in a quiet place, and leave on your skin for 3 -5 minutes.
- Rinse with sponges and warm water.
Benefits: This gentle and natural scrub eases away impurities and unblocks pores with the power of Pineapple and Papaya enzymes. Then vitamin-rich coconut crème nourishes newly revealed skin for a brighter and younger looking complexion. Can be used on acne prone skin.
Step 3: Soothes and Calms Acne Prone Skin
- Apply balancing toner to cotton pad and wipe over face and dÈcolletÈ avoiding eye area.
Step 4: Anti-Aging Booster
- Apply Dilo Anti- Aging Booster to finger tips and apply using tapping movement.
Benefits: This is a supercharged serum and is practically a face lift in a bottle. Use when your skin
needs a boost or to combat the effects of traveling.
Step 5: Hydrate Damaged Skin
- Apply Hydrating Serum to dÈcolletÈ and face, massage lightly into the skin until
Benefits: A fantastic lift for dehydrated or damaged skin.
Step 6: Younger Looking Eyes
- Apply small amount of Anti Wrinkle Eye Creme by gently patting into the delicate skin under the eye
Benefits: Studies show that deep wrinkles were reduced by half. Smaller wrinkles and fine lines sometimes faded completely away. And what?s even better, every participant in the study showed noticeable improvement within two weeks. The result was fewer wrinkles and younger-looking skin.
Step 7: Wrinkle Repair
AM: Moisturize and protect with Day crème. Pump a small amount of the moisturizer onto
your finger and make 4 dots on your face (forehead, both cheeks and chin) and gently
smooth over entire face (don't forget to include your neck!).
Benefits: Antioxidant botanical blend - Virgin Coconut Oil, Dilo Oil, Sikeci Oil, Macadamia Oil and Passionflower extract.
PM: Nourish with Night crème - put a small amount of this ultra-rich, super-absorbing
cream on your face in 4 dots (forehead, both cheeks and chin) and gently spread over
your face and neck. Reduces wrinkle depth by 45% after 3 months of use.
Tip: Best to use a spatula provided so as not to introduce bacteria from your hands into the jar.
Step 8: Soft Lips
Apply lip balm with cotton tip and gently pat with fingers.
Made with fresh coconut milk, dilo oil, macadamia oil, castor oil and beeswax.
5) Make sure you hydrate
Stress and dehydration go hand in hand. All of our organs, including the brain, need water to function properly. If you're dehydrated, your body isn't running (or feeling well) which then leads to stress. If water isn't a favorite for you, try a great tasting detox water that contains a variety of fruits and herbs. Not only are you staying hydrated, but you're also getting the benefits of added nutrients.
We all know that exercise is good for our bodies and can help to trim our waistline, but it can also act as a stress reliever too. Any form of exercise, whether intense cardio training, relaxing yoga or even just a walk around the block can go a long way towards reducing your stress levels.
Physical activity helps increase the production of your brain's feel-good neurotransmitters, called endorphins. Exercise can also help to ease your mind and clear any negative or stress inducing thoughts from your brain, thus helping you to relax.
7) Give yourself a hot oil head massage
Giving yourself a head massage provides so many benefits - from softer strands, to a healthy scalp, to combating dandruff and reducing stress. This pampering treatment can be done anytime you need a pick-me up. Use an oil with a blend of coconut oil, macadamia, dilo and sikeci oil like Pure Fiji's nourishing exotic oil. Not only does it smell amazing, it is also anti-fungal and helps to combat dandruff.
Heat the oil so it is warm to the touch (about 10-15 seconds in the microwave). Rub the oil into your scalp and hair and massage well with your fingertips (2-3 minutes). Cover your head with a shower cap and leave in for an hour or more. Shampoo and condition as usual.
8) Start a morning meditation ritual
To effectively combat stress, it's important that you activate your body's natural relaxation response. To do so, practice a relaxation technique, like meditation, on a daily basis.
Meditating can help reduce everyday stress and boost your energy and mood. Meditating in the morning starts your day off on the right track and helps keep you in a positive frame of mind.
9) Drink a stress-relieving detox drink
Try making this detox drink to help reduce stress and provide you with a boost of energy.
- 16 oz. cold water
- Ω cup of ice
- 5 strawberries
- Ω cup pineapple
- 1 to 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
- 4-5 medium basil leafs
- Fill a cup with water and ice, add the apple cider vinegar
- Mash the fruit and add it to the water
- Add the basil leafs and stir.
- Let sit for 20 minutes before drinking
10) Give yourself a manicure
A good manicure or pedicure is a great way to reduce stress and promote relaxation. Painting your nails is a great way to take your mind off everyday stresses and a great set of nails can boost your overall confidence.
Life can be stressful, but there's no reason why you need to let it get you down. Try some of these simple tips for stress relief and you'll be feeling relaxed in no time!