1. Listen to music that makes you happy.
If you don’t normally listen to upbeat music, ask friends for their suggestions or find a happy-go-lucky, pump-up playlist on a streaming service and download it so that you have it handy. Or even better yet, see some live local music and rock out with your bad self.
2. Calming Teas
Where to start with the calming teas? Chamomile tea has been shown to be anti-inflammatory and relaxing, peppermint tea is good for stress relief and digestion, cardamom tea can relive mood swings during menstrual periods, and black tea may “soothe away the stress.” You can also opt for a “calming” or “stress relieving” blend that mixes a variety of different herbs together, too.
3. Take a bath.
Take a minute or two to think about your most ideal, most comforting bath set-up. Think about all the salts, herbs, essential oils, flower petals, bath bombs, and candles that you can use.
Essential oils that are inhaled into the lungs offer both psychological and physical benefits. Not only does the aroma of the natural essential oil stimulate the brain to trigger a reaction, but when inhaled into the lungs, the natural constituents (naturally occurring chemicals) can supply therapeutic benefit. Diffusing eucalyptus essential oil to help ease congestion is a prominent example.
5. Go for a swim
Not only do you feel better just by being near a body of water, but hydrotherapy has been proven to relax your body’s muscles. There’s something to be said for jumping in a body of water and being engulfed by liquid that helps me breathe a sigh of relief.
6. Watch your favorite TV shows (lighthearted shows)
No offense to television dramas, but sometimes you need to get out of your own emotions, and to do that you need to surround yourself with positive, not stressful things if you are feeling stressed that day!! Try a comedy series, a soothing baking show, a rom-com, a crafting show, or even a documentary on someone you find inspiring.