Dec 28, 2021
Are you feeling as stressed as I am these days? I want to share my 4 highly-effective ways on how you can de-stress in minutes.
Acupressure Mini Massage
I am a Master Esthetician, so nightly facial massages are a part of my routine. However, when I mention this to my clients and friends, most give me a deer in the headlights expression.Truly! They do! Therefore, I wanted to share with you exactly how I do this. It is called an Acupressure mini massage and is a fabulous way to begin our how to de-stress journey.
The main point to this facial massage is you want to hit those Acupressure points. Do this by simply rubbing those earlobes. This will signal your body to create feel good hormones. How to? Press your index finger and your thumb on your ear lobes, and keep pressing and massaging by rubbing up to the top of your ear. Next, press lightly and gently again at the top of your ear and work your way back down your ear. I honestly smile every time I do this to myself. It feels that good! You can also work acupressure on your eyebrow through a massage technique. Take your index finger and your middle finger on each hand, and press right in-between your eyebrows. As you go towards the middle of your eyebrow, press and rub along your eyebrow. Repeat both sequences a few times and you will be de-stressed in no time!
Favorite Night time Tea
A second how to de stress activity takes place at night. I love to de stress after dinner with a good, relaxing cup or tea. Ashley, my sister and wellness expert, loves a quality loose leaf herbal tea such as
Chamomile. For a fall feel, she will add some whole cloves. If you want to sweeten it, she suggests either raw organic honey or pure maple syrup.
I love cozying up with a decaf Chai tea and enjoy adding a splash of Hazelnut nutpod creamer. I also adore creating an ambience while I’m relaxing. I have LED candles that have a realistic flicker and turn on with a remote. Having both the warm tea in my hand and flickering candles really transforms the space to a relaxing vibe that helps to de stress my body within minutes.
This is the third in my how to de stress series. Don’t underestimate the power of walking. We want to move our bodies every day and walking is not only one of the simplest ways to do this, but also the most powerful. To enhance the de stress quality of walking, try this. When by yourself, try to not listen to any devices for 10-15 minutes. For example, no audible, social, podcast, music, etc.
Instead, I want you to focus on listening to the sounds of the birds, and admiring the sights around you. For example, I walked the other day and really paid attention to the leaves falling, how they were swaying before they dropped and I stopped. I literally took the time and watched them fall to the ground. It was so peaceful. I then paid attention to the cat in the neighbors yard, and watched the squirrels as they ran and climbed the trees. This helped me to not only meditate but to listen and talk to God.
I do find that while I am walking, it is important to keep my hands free. Therefore, find a belt that holds your water bottle, phone, keys, and a piece of peppermint candy (in case you are like me and get low blood sugar). This allows me to just be in the moment and not worry about my stuff.
One of the most powerful ways to de stress is through Pilates. As a busy entrepreneur, I am limited on time. I need quick videos to fit into my current lifestyle. Also, as a mature woman, I can not run or do high impact moves as easily as I could when I was younger. I prefer exercises that are gentle on my body yet work on toning and flexibility. Depending on my schedule, I like to de stress through a few quick pilates stretches in either the morning as I first wake up or at night before I go to bed. I like to mix it up, so I will go on Tik-Tok or YouTube to find people with quick stretches and moves I can follow.
Did YOU know that your body produces a chemical called Cortisol when you are stressed? This chemical gets stored as glucose in the fat cells? So let’s get rid of that!
One of my favorite Pilates programs that I use everyday is called The Balanced Life by Robin Long.You will see me post regularly about this on my Instagram stories. My favorite night time video is The Pilates for Better Sleep. It’s 11 minutes long, so it is so quick to do and prepares your body for sleep. I talk about this program a lot because I have kept it in my life and it works.
Try out Robin’s video inside the program called “Pilates for Stretching & Stress Relief”, “Breathe, Flow & Stretch”, or “Moving Meditation”.
I am sure these how to de stress ways will improve your life if you are consistent and take the time to incorporate them. Your physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health are very important. Let’s de stress together each day!
Lindsey and Ashley (The Sisters!)
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