I’ve been on a mission for a long time to feel like I’m at peace inside, regardless of what’s going on outside. That’s not always an easy feat, especially if you’ve been a ball of stress for as long as you can remember (reluctantly, I’m raising my hand). I really am excited to share these stress-relief products with you; they’ve been helping me a lot lately and have proven my hope right: if you keep asking and trying, solutions will come.
“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
It’s really nice (really, really, really nice) to have come across some stress-relief products that are actually working for me. I feel that I am a naturally calm being, but I can’t remember the last time I actually lived my experiences without feeling an inner tension, anxious about all my to-dos and resentful towards plans.
That’s an exhausting way to live, but that doesn’t have to be the reality we get stuck in. There is help and there is hope.
I believe that it’s usually a combination of things that promote the healing process. Whether I’ve found my personal combination or it’s one product, in particular, that’s helping me lately, the following six are worth sharing.
One thing I do want to say to you if you’ve been striving and struggling to find a solution: please hold your hope closer.
I write to you every single day because I’ve experienced the mystery of grace and I know it’s possible for everyone. I never thought it was possible for me to feel this much better but I didn’t give up and I found an answer, even if I can’t see the long game yet. This life is a journey. Right now, hope has been renewed. Right now, I’m focusing on that hope.
Focus on that hope.
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.
Though I can’t recall the source of my inspiration to get adrenal support, I am so thankful that I tried this route.
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 really seems to be working (I feel SO much better, it’s actually a pleasant surprise). It includes ashwagandha, an herb that shows promise for a stress relief aid.“Once you choose hope, anything is possible.” — Christopher Reeve Click To Tweet
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. I started taking it because I was told that it’s brain fuel, and that seems to be the case.
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.
I feel like I have more energy lately, and this could be one of the reasons.
3. Books of poetry, philosophy, and healing.
I love reading and I have a whole host of reasons why. For the purposes of this post, my main reason why I love reading is that it eases my anxious mind. That means a lot to me. That makes a big difference. This month, I’ve had the sweet opportunity to renew my love for absorbing the healing qualities of poetry, philosophical ponderings, and someone else’s perspective.
These are the books (I’ve either read or am in the process of reading) which have successfully taken my mind off of my anxieties and infused my head with a little grace and sanity:
- 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
4. An acupressure mat.
This is the acupressure mat and pillow set that I’ve been using in the evenings for back and neck pain. I’ve been using this for a few weeks and have already noticed a positive difference (even if it is just the placebo effect at work). I feel better in general, and it’s a relaxing “excuse” to lie down on the floor and pick up a book.
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. Chronic pain makes peace difficult (but not impossible).
5. Coloring pages.
I’ve been using my colorful 2018 “joyful heart planner” and already appreciate the monthly coloring pages. I know how relaxing coloring can be but there’s no shortage of excuses for ignoring the coloring utensils for more pressing adult issues.
The experience of coloring is a practice in mindfulness and 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, productive mindset later.“Never lose hope, my dear heart, miracles dwell in the invisible.” — Rumi Click To Tweet
6. Essential oil diffuser.
I received this essential oil diffuser as a gift and I really enjoy its colorful display and aromatherapeutic benefits in my workspace. It’s a calming sight in my peripheral vision and it allows me to play with various essential oil blends to find what I like. Since it’s also a humidifier, it makes the air (and my skin) more comfortable, especially during the dry winter months.
- Have you tried any of these stress-relief products and, if so, how have they worked for you?
- How do you stay calm and centered inside, no matter what’s going on outside?
Please share your most cherished stress-relief products and practices with me in the comments. I always love to know what works for others.
Remind someone that there’s still hope and that it’s worth it to keep trying new things; share these stress-relief products with them because maybe one of them will make a difference.
Please keep your hopes closer to you than any doubts. Hope is stronger and will win, but you have to keep it alive.