A lot has been going on in my little bubble of the world. I have been trying to manage it all. What do you do when you are stressed? Or have a lot on your plate? I tend to take the holistic route.

  1. Detox bath. I have written about that before. I have been taking them several times a week lately. I read during them. I have the newest Kindle. Sometimes I take care of things on my phone as well, shopping, or reading articles etc. I just take that time for whatever I want to do while taking a hot detox bath. I also tie in my next method as well. 
  2. Aromatherapy. I have really been getting into that slowly over time. It started a couple years ago when my husband bought me an oil warmer and essential oil set for a gift. As of late, I have been researching it on my own. I mix my own scents to fit my needs. I use those daily as well. They are so beneficial and I find they really work. Right now I have really been into this brand, Aura Cacia. They have a great selection and resources. Their recipe list is extensive!  I am currently using the Lavender Balancing Blend. Simply lovely. You can search through their site for your own needs. photo (2)
  3. Pilates, of course. That is a give in. I think it could almost go without being said. But I have to mention it. I also use aromatherapy during my mat work. Peppermint and Eucalyptus are a favorite mixture of mine. Peppermint can really perk things up. Sometimes I even feel the cool feeling despite sweating.
  4. Spa treatments. I am fortunate enough that I can go for spa treatments. I am also fortunate enough that my husband encourages me to do so.  I recently went for an Ayurvedic Massage. It was heavenly and exactly what I needed. I got a Garshan massage last Saturday. I think this weekend I am going to get a facial. I also get pedicures often. My husband will actually demand I go get some sort of spa treatment if I am particularly stressed. I cannot count how many times I have heard “go get a pedicure or something.” or “schedule a massage.”
  5. Cleaning and organizing. This is new for me. I have always been a tad unorganized. I am no Martha Stewart still, but I have found as I get older that having things in some sort of order helps me relax. Seeing toys scattered everywhere makes me even more anxious. A clear floor makes me breathe easier. So I have been taking out stress on my home. We filled up 6 GIANT garbage bags with clothing and items to donate. I purge, clean, and organize.

Those are the things I use to manage the craziness that has become our season. What do you do? How to you deal with stress? How do you unwind and relax? Have you tried any or some of these methods?