So here we are on the third week of the Stress Less Challenge. Is everyone finding the challenge easy to follow? I have to admit, some days are harder than others (especially when you sit in traffic!). I find I talk to myself more; that is, I say, “Don’t let this stress you out. Breathe.” Taking that breath makes all the difference some mornings when I’m navigating city traffic.
Last week I mentioned I was going to try different techniques for stress reduction. My newest find – Lavender! Oh, the wonderful, calming scent of lavender! Lavender has a fresh, sweet, floral, herbaceous aroma that is soothing and refreshing. It is a great aid for relaxing and winding down before bedtime. Just a small bit of lavender oil yields relaxation in abundance. Try putting just a few drops on your pillow at night and you will be lulled into a relaxing sleep. I have tried this a few nights myself. I am happy to report it really does work. You might want to try putting a lavender-scented plug-in in your work space to keep you calm throughout the day.
This week, I also learned some more about what stress management techniques do and do not work for me. Listening to a relaxation CD does not work for me. I found it didn’t keep my attention long enough. I would actually tune out the CD and not pay attention. I think my multitasking efforts have foiled me on this one. I do find when I am using a yoga DVD, the tone of the voice of the instructor is very calming. Maybe I am just not ready for the CD technique yet.
Would you believe raking leaves actually helped me relax?! I love being outside anytime of the year. I think the combination of the fresh air, the beautiful colors of the leaves, and the scent of fall in the air made a wonderful combination for relaxation. Plus, this accounted for many hours of physical activity to help release loads of endorphins!
Where will the next week take me in this challenge? I think with the holidays coming up it might be time to schedule some “me time” with myself. I’m already running around preparing for Thanksgiving. I think I need to schedule some time to do something fun and relaxing for me. I also suggest you do the same for yourselves before we are full swing in holiday preparations! Here’s to a successful third week of less stress for all of us!