Let’s be honest—who isn’t stressed right now? Being in the midst of a global pandemic is stressful and since we’re limited to staying at home, it’s hard to find ways to relieve anxiety. In what seems like the distant past, we would see a masseuse or acupuncturist when we were feeling anxious, but now, we have to find our own ways to relieve tension. Here are three things you can do at home to alleviate stress.
Essential oils like lavender, lemongrass, or peppermint can be incorporated into your meditation or yoga routine for a more relaxing experience. You can even put a few drops in a diffuser or bath for a calming night time routine.
Massage balls can do more than loosen muscles after a workout—they’re great for mimicking a masseuse’s hands and alleviating stress in hard-to-reach places.
Human touch is one of the best ways to slow down your heart rate and reduce stress, but since contact is limited during the pandemic, the next best thing is a weighted blanket. These blankets mimic hugs, which we could all use more of now.