To Do This Weekend: DE-STRESS

Even though the stress of the holidays is mostly behind us, we still feel the weight of winter looming down on us. Dreary weather, lack of vitamin D, and short days continue to push our stress levels through the roof.

Here are a few remedies we have found to actually work.

Never underestimate the power of a cup of tea.
Even if you are not a big tea drinker, it can be a soothing prescription for anxiety.  Plus, it’ll help subside stress-induced munchies, staving off those extra winter pounds. A good go-to is the “get relaxed” flavor by The Republic of Tea.
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You are never too old for a nap.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, “A short nap is usually recommended (20-30 minutes) for short-term alertness. This type of nap provides significant benefit for improved alertness and performance without leaving you feeling groggy or interfering with nighttime sleep.”

Even science says that a thirty minute nap can give you the recharge of energy you need to make it through the day. Besides, we’re mammals, and we should be hibernating during these months anyway, right?

You are also never too old for a coloring book!
Yes, adult coloring books are a thing and have grown exponentially in popularity over the past year. This may be the greatest comeback since the announcement of Fuller House. Barnes and Noble has a great selection. Students, some coloring books even come according to subject, like Anatomy. Study and coloring therapy, a win/win.

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If you need relief FAST,
I have found that most stress-relieving lotions, like Eucalyptus Spearmint from Bath and Body Works, actually work. The scent of eucalyptus is quite the stress reliever, and I tend to keep this on my person in the event of a traffic jam, or a trip to the DMV.

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