If you're struggling to find peace of mind, I feel you. I see you. Here are some stress-relief products that've been helping me. This is your reminder: there is hope. There is help. It can take a while to find what works, but something will work.
“You will see light one day. And it will be so beautiful, so bright, that it will be worth waiting all of these months in the dark for.” — Unknown
6 Stress-Relief Products I’m Truly Enjoying Right Now
1. An adrenal health supplement.
This is #1 on my list, on purpose. I believe that this is the main source of the change that I’ve been noticing as of late. It’s a change profound enough that it’s renewed my hope, BIG TIME, that inner peace really is possible if you just keep trying.
The adrenal glands are responsible for our ability to cope with physical and mental stress. Excessive cortisol release—associated with chronic anxiety, nervous tension, overtraining in athletics, etc.—taxes the adrenals and leads to exhaustion and fatigue, as can too much caffeine and other stimulants.
This is the adrenal health supplement I’ve been taking and it seems to be working. It includes ashwagandha, an herb that shows promise for a stress relief aid.
“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” — Christopher Reeve
2. MCT oil.
Medium-chain triglycerides, also known as MCTs, are high-quality, concentrated fatty acids that are derived from coconut oil or other oils. They’re touted for their ability to increase energy levels, support gut health, and support the immune system.
The MCT oil I’m using is an odorless, flavorless liquid that I add to coffee, teas, smoothies, and salad dressings—you can add wherever else you use oil.
3. Books of poetry, philosophy, and healing.
These are the books I've been reading to take my mind off of my worries and settle into the present moment (and the wonder of just being alive):
- Tao Teh Ching, by Lao Tzu, translated by John C. H. Wu
- Stitches: A Handbook on Meaning, Hope and Repair, by Anne Lamott
- Every Time I Find the Meaning of Life, They Change It: Wisdom of the Great Philosophers on How to Live, by Daniel Klein
I keep finding that I only move forward once I honor where I am now, truly honor it, honestly and surrenderingly.
4. An acupressure mat.
This is the acupressure mat and pillow set that I’ve been using at night for back and neck pain. I lie down on it for my meditations.
If you have chronic neck and back pain, you’ve likely tried a million and one remedies; I recommend trying this mat. If anything helps even a little bit, I am all for it.
5. Coloring pages.
Coloring has been shown to reduce anxiety and create feelings of tranquility. It helps me tune into the moment and focus on what’s right in front of me, which helps me deal with the “more pressing adult issues” from a more peaceful mindset later.
“Never lose hope, my dear heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.” — Rumi
6. Essential oil diffuser.
I received this essential oil diffuser as a gift and love it. I keep it in my workspace to help with dry skin in the winter, headaches, fatigue, sadness and stress. There are a ton of benefits that essential oils give, which is why I sprinkled recipes throughout my book Sleep Rituals.
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What helps you keep calm in stressful times?
Tell me in the comments. I read every single one, and I’d love to know!
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