It is that time of year where many of us are plagued with more than the normal amount of stress we are used to dealing with. For me there is an increased financial burden at the beginning of the year. I like to think I always do my best to prepare for the increased pressure and expenses but you never really are. No matter how I prepare I still feel the pressure to make sure I get through the first two months alive and hopefully in one piece. I have put together a list of ways to manage but not eliminate the stress so you too can get through the rough stuff. Once again, I am not a doctor or any kind of expert in this area. My experience is my own. It is trial and error that has worked for me and I thought it could help you too.
Stress Relieving Teas & Herbal Remedies:
Green Tea – Drink plenty of green tea. Try to enjoy it if you can. Carve out a few minutes to help clear your mind and enjoy every sip. I enjoy Japanese Green Tea most such as Gyokuro and Sencha. My favorite companies are Ito En, Yunomi, and Tealet. There are many more amazing companies out there. These three are great to start with.
Chamomile Tea – Chamomile has long been known to aid in reducing anxiety and helps with digestion. Chamomile can also be used while bathing. For an extra infusion there are many lotions and potions out there with chamomile that help boost the effects throughout the day such as iHeartTeas Pumpkin and Chamomile Kaolin Face Mask. I used a little green tea to make my facemask and apply. A little pampering goes a long way.
Chai Tea – An aromatic chai does wonders for the soul. The spices in the chai are invigorating and encourage digestion. The aroma is soothing and can put you into an instant state of relaxation. When made with milk and sugar it can be satisfying to both the body and soul. A mini vacation and renewed power to get you back to the daily grind. Some of my favorite chai’s are as follows, one I have made for iHeartTeas called Apple Pie Chai. I also adore Tipu’s Instant Chai Tea Powder, in a pinch I will have the Chai Tea Latte from Starbucks, and though not exactly a chai I also enjoy an occasional cup of Chocolate Pu-erh from Numi Teas. It comes in a bag but don’t worry this particular tea is an exception and works just fine as a bagged tea. I usually make it as a latte and a bit stronger than called for with a touch of sweetener.
I know we don’t have time and we tend to want to mull around thinking about how we can find an immediate solution to the stress. However, there is a lot that can be said for just taking a break. Do something else! Take a walk, clear your mind, exercise, visit a friend, read a book, watch a little TV, play a game, don’t fixate on the problem as the solution may evade you if you don’t give yourself a little time to separate yourself from the issue. Get back to the problem later with a fresh mind and the solution may present itself. Also, try a little aromatherapy. I find a little scent in the background can help put your mind at ease. Though too much and it is migraines for me.
Please don’t give up. Try not to feel so stressed that you don’t think there is a way out. Trust yourself to do the right thing. Don’t punish yourself if it takes more time that you imagined it would. We are our worst critics and often that shows when presented with difficult challenges. Don’t poison yourself with junk food with the excuse that you had no other time to eat healthy. Forgive yourself if you slip and learn for the future. Make time for your family they suffer without you. Bottom line, please take care of yourself and you will make it through this stressful time. Sometimes even talking it out with someone, perhaps over a cup of tea can make a world of difference.
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