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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.
Tipping. While it can be a taboo topic that no one really wants to talk about publicly, the fact is, it’s a very important one that shouldn’t (and can’t) be avoided. This is all too true, especially now, when it comes to beauty services. Even before, “all of this” happened, there appeared to be some ambiguity about exactly how much to tip, when, what’s a respectable amount, and why. Now that we’ve tried our best at #homebeauty, it’s time to head back to the salons, spas, and other boutique beauty businesses (if you haven’t already). We’re here to guide you through gratuity in the new normal and why tipping a little extra to show your stylists and service providers you care during this tough time is the right thing to do.
To make sure we get you all the right answers, we asked around about it (so you don’t have to). Turns out, our Instagram followers had a lot to say about how to tip your stylists and show them some extra love right now.
Here’s what you think:
79% of you said you’ve been tipping more for beauty services recently. We’re all so grateful for our stylists—with split ends, grown-out roots, out-of-control brows, and terrible home-cut bangs to prove it. And now that many of us can return to our salons and spas, we’re appreciating the ones who help us feel beautiful even more right now.
We got a range of responses to this question. Some said they tip 5% more than they previously did, and many said 25%-35% total! Not only are these stylists actual artists, but they’re providing services we just can’t do ourselves. On top of that, many had to close their doors for several months, many were displaced as their salons shut down for good, and all of them are trying their best to get back to a sense of normalcy and do what they do best—help us look and feel beautiful. So, take this as a guide. Tip what you can but remember how much these wonderful people do for us.
When it comes to trying new services, 69% of you gave it a big fat NO, while 31% remain intrigued. It makes sense that many would stick to their go-tos right now, as salons are just starting to reopen in some areas or may not be open yet at all.
Depending on where you live and your overall health, you might be sticking with the bare minimum for now. But if your city has put in place safe reopening guidelines and measures, and you feel ready to head back out there, you can do so safely at a Mindbody salon. And you may be interested in trying out some new services right now as a way to show your local salons some extra support. If that’s you, browse beauty on the Mindbody app—and filter your categories to find out what’s out there.
Another way you can support your stylists right now? Shopping. It’s the safest way to show them some love without actually going in for a treatment. Many salons offer pre-payment on the Mindbody app and curbside pickup or a plethora of shipping methods, so you can keep contact to a minimum as much as possible. Plus, they have some pretty great stuff. If you need to invest in a good shampoo—especially because you haven’t gotten your hair done in months—so why not buy it from your stylist? According to our poll, it’s a pretty even split. 55% of you haven’t bought any products yet, while the other 45% have been shopping away. If you’re part of that 55, consider checking out your salon’s product offerings (you might see something you like).
Finally, we asked you all open-endedly how else you’re supporting your stylists right now. We got a lot of great answers. There was a lot of overlap, but we thought you might like to see some of the ones that stood out. So, if we didn’t cover it all so far, we’re about to—because you all are awesome and you did it for us. Here are some of the great ideas you had:
• “Paying in advance!”
• “Being more diligent about scheduling appointments versus letting my hair grow out”
• “Referring friends!”
• “Being flexible” (this is a good one—check out the 5 things your stylist wants you to know before you book)
• “Scheduling my next cut before I leave!”
• “Sharing their photos on Instagram and telling friends!”
So, if you’re a stylist reading this, thank you. We all want to continue showing you support during this time and beyond. And if you’re a regular person like me who really needs her highlights done, just schedule the damn appointment already (if you feel comfortable) or buy some purple shampoo from your favorite salon.