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Stress is a modern-day epidemic affecting people of all ages and all walks of life. It’s a totally natural part of life, but it can cause some not-so-pleasant side effects. Aside from making us feel anxious and irritable, stress can also cause problems with our sleep, digestion and even our ability to move our bodies.
Fortunately, there are natural, healthy ways to ease the stresses of your day, your week or even your year. From making more mindful diet choices to getting more exercise or sleep, little changes can go a long way to help you manage stress. You can also turn to the power of 100% plant-based essential oils to naturally address your health concerns, including stress, and return to a peaceful state of mind.
If your stress is getting you down right now, reach for one of our stress-releasing blends to ease the strain right away. Designed to soothe and restore your body and mind, these essential oil blends will help you unwind and regain a peaceful state of mind.
On any given day, we can come up against dozens of different stressors. Maybe you got caught in rush hour traffic on your way to work. Maybe your child is sick. Maybe you’re struggling to meet a deadline. At work and home, we’re under a lot of pressure, and it can be stressful to keep up. With so much going on, it’s sometimes challenging to turn stress off when we go to bed at night.
A high stress level can make sleeping more difficult because it keeps the body awake and alert. But sleep is a much-needed time for our body to regenerate and repair; without sleep, our bodies and minds feel even more fatigued, causing stress levels to increase.
When you’re sleeping well, on the other hand, you wake up refreshed and ready to take on the new day, and can manage your stress effectively. We have many soothing blends that calm your nerves, relax your body, and support the full night’s rest you need to relieve stress.
Feelings of stress and anxiety can trigger uncomfortable symptoms in the gut and put your digestive system in distress. What we put in our bodies is just as important as what we put on our bodies — so make sure to choose healthy products and food to nourish yourself, naturally.
Saje’s in-house natural food specialist Anna says even small changes to your diet can have a big benefit on your wellness. Try incorporating gut-supporting ingredients (like ginger, fennel and, lemon) into your meals and your tummy will learn to relax.
Always pay attention to your digestion — it will tell you when it needs some TLC. For immediate relief, carry one of our belly soothing blends with you. They’re specially formulated to soothe and satisfy troubled tummies.
Moving your body is key to reaching optimum wellness. But when your body is run down with stress, it can feel impossible to find the motivation to keep going. Getting your blood flowing and working your muscles can keep your stress levels down, lift your energy, and create a better sense of well being.
Whether it’s a going for a walk, practicing yoga, or simply committing to gentle stretching at your desk, movement naturally produces endorphins; your brain’s feel-good hormone. When you make movement a priority every day, your energy will automatically rise and stress will melt away.
No matter where your stress is stemming from, one of our favorite ways to get grounded during stressful times is to practice the Saje Breath. So much more than inhaling the benefits of essential oils, this practice gives you a moment in your day to pause, connect to yourself, and get a small dose of mindfulness and beneficial essential oils.
Choose soothing aromas like our Energy Revitalizing Oil Blend or Stress Release Oil Blend to focus your energy and help you relax—body and mind.
When you take a holistic approach to your wellness, your body will naturally reset and become better equipped to cope with stress. Essential oil blends are a simple way to give your body the love and care it needs during stressful moments. Stress is a natural part of life — do what you can to support your wellness by slowing down, listening to your body and managing stress, naturally.
Since 1992, April has been recognized as Stress Awareness Month. It was established to help shed light on the issues behind stress, teach us how to fight it, and create methods to overcome it. While this initiative has existed just shy of three decades, this year it seems particularly important.
With a year under our belts in pandemic mode—a lot of us had to get creative when it came to keeping our cool. On top of that, everyday stresses didn’t just magically disappear during this time either. Just think about it—have you ever been in a situation that was overwhelming? Maybe you’ve had a looming deadline or a to-do list that seems, well...totally un-doable? If you’ve ever felt you were in over your head, please know you’re not alone—you never are. At one time or another, we’ve all been affected by stress—although each person may manifest it differently. Me? I'm definitely a frequent rider on the "hot mess stress express."
There are many ways to help combat stress—some of us seek out support from friends and family, while others find solace in taking up meditation or unwinding with a relaxing yoga class. Whatever helps you find peace, just keep doing you. But also know we have some resources to help you overcome stress whenever the need arises.
Here are some blog posts that are always available to you when you feel a little stressed out:
When in doubt, breathwork expert and sound healer, Shanila Sattar, always has tips to help ground yourself—especially in times of need. In this blog post, she gives you the recipe for incorporating self-love into your daily routine by encouraging us to ask ourselves these questions: How do we treat ourselves? How do we talk to ourselves? What foods are we putting into our bodies? How are we thinking about our overall well-being when practicing self-love? As we all know, self-love defines and redefines itself for everyone over the years, here are a few foundational tips to think about when easing into your self-love journey.
Yoga Nidra, or “yogic sleep,” is a practice that has been around for thousands of years and it aims to restore the mind, body, and soul through deep, guided meditation. The way it works is like the way a power nap helps one feel refreshed during a particularly exhausting day, except you aren’t technically sleeping. I describe it as a long-form of savasana—anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour. (Real talk: savasana is one of the best parts of practicing yoga, am I right?)
TLDR: I learned that I could conquer stress in a matter of minutes with Yoga Nidra.
Are we safe in saying this last year brought up a ton of emotions the likes of which we did not plan for? The good, the bad, the “unprecedented”—our hearts and minds have been taken on a wild rollercoaster ride, and for many of us, our mental health is suffering. With our minds running in thousands of directions, it’s hard to notice our own needs. Yes, our attention to the goings-on of last year is vital but caring for ourselves is as important as ever. Here are some tips from our favorite yoga instructor, Dani Schenone.
Have you been feeling it? The big emotion floating around the last year is the Big Anxiety. Coupled with the stress of what the COVID-19 pandemic has bought for millions of people, disturbed wellness routines, and worry, we have a recipe to create massive damage to ourselves. Adjusting to the new normal, with social distancing practices in place and adapting to precautions and routines, may be the root of even more anxiousness for many as we’re navigating uncharted territories.
If you've got those familiar feelings of stress and anxiety coursing through your body right now, you're definitely not alone. We get it. Times are uncertain, our mental health is taxed, we're doing what we can to reduce stress and anxiety in general, and relaxation has taken a back seat. It’s no secret that stress is proven to weaken our immunity, so now more than ever, it's important to relax, deal with what's happening, and find the coping mechanisms to help you reclaim your mental health and reduce your involvement in stressed moments. Let's deal with stress and anxiety together and see what we can do to reduce them.
Meditation will change your life if you let it. The pace of our modern life is at least ten times what it was just 10 years ago. Technology improved our lives but also created a more frenetic and stressful pace. If we decided to stop, breathe, and become more mindful, we would reduce stress and experience much more enjoyment in each moment of our everyday lives.
There’s always something to worry about. Whether it’s our career, relationships, dating, or trauma, we go through moments that bombard us with negative thoughts that can make us feel anxious and stressed. Our worries may often define our choices, our view of the world, or ourselves. This doesn’t mean they are faults, flaws, or downfalls—we just need to practice managing them in a healthy way, placing deserved value on self-care. Yoga is only one connection. Check out these seven yoga poses that can help your mind and body when you’re experiencing anxiety, depression, or overall stress.
We’re all guilty of our routines and habits running our lives at one point or another. We’re all guilty of being attached to our schedules and our to-do list. We’re all guilty of running on a loop every now and then. As the energies of 2021 continue to shift, we get to ask ourselves the intentions of why and how we are participating in the places we are participating in, the thoughts we are thinking, the habits we are cultivating, and the communities that we are a part of. This intention and mindfulness process can not only shift our own experiences but of those around us as well.
If you have found meditation to be useful in trying times, right now is an incredible time to also try virtual sound baths to receive the deep sound healing benefits. As many of us are processing a variety of emotions as a collective—stress, worry, fear, anxiety, uncertainty—we can start to cause long-term damage to our bodies, especially to our immune and nervous systems. Giving ourselves self-care in a way that is easy, non-intrusive, and simple, can be the perfect way to help your body restore.
These resources aren’t the only thing we have to help you deal with stress—they’re just the tip of the iceberg. In fact, there are tons of classes available to you on the Mindbody app and through Mindbody Flex to help you reignite your calm whenever you’re feeling overwhelmed. And always remember, at the end of the day, your best is always good enough.