Let’s Talk About Stress

16 Apr

Stress

New research is released every day that points to stress as a main factor in major health problems. From fighting obesity to fighting the common cold, reducing stress and increasing sleep time are two key ways to Get Well.

The Irony Of The Situation

is that in times of stress (whether it be an overfull work schedule, travel, or family challenges) when we need the most rest and relaxation to maintain our health, falling asleep and STAYING asleep can be quite difficult.

This 15 Minute Nighttime Ritual May Be Just What You Need To Soothe Your Body, Skin, and Mind.

 

 Start With A Simple Yoga Stretch

Begin your ritual with a calming pose that you like. Downward Dog, Cobra, or Happy Child work well to calm the body and clear the mind.

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Yoga

Cleanse Your Face and Apply a Mask

Next, wash your face with your favorite cleanser to remove all the dirt that has accumulated over the course of a long day. Then apply a generous amount of a mask to your whole face. I love the JUARA Turmeric Antioxidant Radiance Mask for this step. The Kaolin Clay draws out impurities from the pores, while the Turmeric helps brighten my skin.

Turmeric Mask

Turmeric Mask

 

Relax With a Cup of Tea… or Wine

While you let the mask work on your face for 10 minutes, enjoy your favorite decaffeinated beverage in your favorite room of the house. But if you opt for wine, keep it to one glass- too much alcohol effects our quality of sleep and will make you feel sluggish the next morning.
 
Also, try not to watch TV or use the computer during this break. Research suggests that tablet or laptop use up to 2 hours before bedtime hinders our ability to naturally release melatonin (the hormone that makes your sleepy). Instead, read a book or spend some time catching up with your loved ones.

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Pamper Your Skin While You Sleep

After giving your body, mind, and skin time to relax, wash off the mask with warm water and directly apply your favorite moisturizer or serum to leave on the skin overnight. Skin is most receptive to treatment at night, so this is the time to apply product that’s packed with antioxidants and other restorative ingredients. Your skin also loses quite a bit of moisture over the course of an evening, so don’t skimp out on the moisturizer!

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Lights Out!

When you’re finally in bed, give yourself a mini massage with your favorite body creme and turn out the lights. Once the lights are out, focus on your breathing for a bit of light meditation. When I feel worries trying to enter my mind, I visualize stuffing them into a drawer or putting them into a bag and telling them “I’ll get back to you tomorrow”. Breathe deeply, visualize a peaceful, safe place… mountains, ocean waves, warm sun…zzz….

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