Though April 7th was No Housework Day, we all still have to do housework and work work the other 364 days of the year (ugh), so it behooves us to take time out of each day to de-stress in order to live healthy and happy lives!
On No Housework Day, I focused on massage as a way to de-stress and relax after a long day at work, a loud argument, or anything else that causes tension and pain in the body. So, for Stress Awareness Month overall, I’ll be covering other ways of kicking back and reducing stress: tea, mood lighting, and sleep aids.
I love tea. I love tea. And I’m not the only one in my family, either: my grandma collected teapots and tea cozies until the day she had to move in with my dad (her son) and suddenly realized she had no room to keep any of her pots and cozies, much less any of her tea cups. Luckily, somebody managed to find her a Tea for one w/ Saucer, which uses a clever nesting design to make storing a teapot, cup, and saucer much easier. Available in three color schemes: beige/purple, dark grey/yellow, or orange/light grey.
For someone who likes her tea just so, like me, I’ve got the perfect cuppa: My Cuppa Color Matching Tea Mug. Now, I realize that proper English tea is poured after the cream is already in the cup, but that’s not something I learned growing up and pouring the tea first suits me just fine. So, with that in mind, I’ll take “Classic British” tea, thank you. 🙂
Okay, so I have two thoughts on mood lighting for stress reduction: tea lights and lamps. On the one hand, we have tea lights, the perfect way to set the mood for “let’s just chill out” in any room that’s at least semi-dark. Made from acrylic and stainless steel, contemporary design meets simplicity when you combine multiple Cube Tea Lights to make these holders into a super relaxing display. The holders come in two colors: clear and green, as shown.
Lamps, on the other hand, aren’t as flammable (literally), and they can be used over and over without having to buy more candles or matches. This Tall Bottle Lamp also has the added bonus of looking great in the daytime, too. It stands at 4 inches high, and the flameless candle inside shuts off after an hour so you don’t have to worry about running down the batteries prematurely.
When I was a kid, one of my assignments in school was to draw a picture of my favorite place, and you know what I drew? My bed. No joke; my favorite place in the whole world was my bed, and that basically hasn’t changed.
Dreams are a great way to work things out in your unconscious mind, but sometimes the mind gets stuck and needs a little push in the right direction. The Dreamate Sleeping Aid Wristband is just the thing for when you’re tossing and turning, can’t seem to find a good sleeping position or the cool side of the pillow, or when you’re just plain insomniac. Important note: DO NOT use if suffering from heart disease; not to be used by people with pacemakers or those monitored by electronic equipment (EKG monitors and alarms, etc).
If you have kids, or you just like whimsy every now and then, try the Olephant Mobile. Handmade in Denmark, this mobile comes already assembled and ready to hang above the crib (or your bed).
Stress Awareness Month shouldn’t be stressful! When in doubt, don’t worry about “the right way” to de-stress… exercise, writing angry letters that you never send, and screaming into your pillow all work, too! How do you reduce stress? I need ideas!