With 90% of my family and friends impacted by Hurricane Irma and today being the anniversary of 911, I’m straying a bit from my usual anti-aging content today.
I just couldn’t do it. There is a time and place for great ways to look better, but today it’s about feeling better. We can’t stop bad things from happening, but there are some things we can do to control the stress these situations create. So let’s get down to it!
Aromatherapy – ‘the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit’. One of my sisters recently gave me a bracelet with lava rock and lavender oil. Instructions are to place a few drops of the lavender onto the rock and, after it has absorbed, wear it for a natural calming effect. I’m not sure if it works because it was a gift from her or that I love the concept. Either way…it works! One of my favorite (and affordable) places to indulge in aromatherapy is Bath & Body Works. From lotions and potions to candles and soaps – they have it ALL!
Walk it off – Everyone knows that the perfect way to beat back stress is with exercise, but what if Jim Cantore is standing in your front yard trying not to be blown away by hurricane force winds while broadcasting on the Weather Channel? Put those sneakers on and start doing laps in the house! Take it a step further (pun intended) and clean the house while walking around. You’ll lower your stress and have a cleaner home afterwards!
Limit your drug and alcohol use during stressful times – Even though our friend Dale’s FB posts of his cool Hurricane Party and ‘riding it out’ looked awesome – there are a few things to remember. #1. Dale is a serious bad ass who has skills even Jim Cantore is jealous of. #2. At some point you may have to escape your situation and being impaired will only slow you down.
Be aware of others who are stressed and might need help. This includes our 4 legged friends as well.
You are not alone. Whether you are caught in a natural disaster or are just having an awful day – YOU ARE NOT ALONE! There are others who care about you and your safety. Reach out and talk to them.
Here are more ways to reduce your stress from the American Heart Association.
Until next time….