today I am going to talk about the little things I do at home whenever I suddenly feel overwhelmed and anxious. The following steps calm me down by providing me with temporary relief.
The first thing I do when I am stressed is to take a long hot (read: boiling hot) shower. It is the only private time I have at home, so I use it to detach myself from the world.
I turn on my humidifier and mix some of my favourite essential oils. I am still trying to find out the best blends but so far any light smell does the job.
I always use light citrusy scented products as It just has this instant relaxing neurological effect on me that I cannot describe. Products can be essential oils, body balms, body mists etc.
Wear baggy clothes.
Put some cooling eye drops which not only cleanses, moisturises and refreshes my eyes but also my mind. The initial cooling feeling makes me feel more awake and less dizzy. I currently use Japanese ones as their cooling effect is really strong and they contain vitamins for dry and tired eyes.
Do a very quick skincare routine using hydrating and calming products with a thin gel-like consistency such sheet masks, toners and moisturisers and tons of mists.
Depending on the weather, I either use a hot water bottle or a fan.
I make myself a cup of hot tea. Right now, my favourite go-to are lemon and ginger or green tea.
I listen to white noises, especially the sound of light rain. It is so therapeutic. I have a google chrome extension specifically for the rain one.
I dim or turn off the light. If it’s during the daylight, I will just close the curtains.