Even though 2020 is mercifully in the rear-view mirror, bouts of stress and anxiety still sneak up occasionally. Working out, eating right, and meditation help, but sometimes it’s vital to prioritize some time to relax and take care of yourself. These tried-and-true rituals allow you to physically and mentally regroup. Take a deep breath and consider adding one (or all) of these to your routine.
The Magic of Mushrooms
Mushrooms are everywhere, and their list of health benefits is lengthy — they’re great for immune health and also help the body adapt to stress. One of the easiest ways to get your mushroom fix is to simply add a spoonful to smoothies, hot beverages, or even stir-fries and other dishes. Try adding a teaspoon of Kefla Organics Defend Organic Mushroom Powder to a cup of hot tea every evening. Defend is a blend of Reishi, Turkey Tail, Chaga, Shiitake, and Maitake with lucuma fruit for a subtle taste without added sugar. Reishi is considered to be soothing and relaxing, aiding in more restful sleep, which helps foster resilience to stress over time. Kefla Organics, $25
Soak Away Stress
After a long day at work or a hard session at the gym, a warm (not hot) bath may be the escape your body needs. A soak in the tub may seem like a luxury, but studies show that the benefits of bathing are more than just skin deep. Warm baths are linked to decreases in stress hormones and more balanced serotonin levels, which help regulate mood. One reason for the calming effect is that being surrounded by warm water activates your parasympathetic nervous system, which controls the body’s relaxation response. Bath salts are an essential part of the experience. Using only clean ingredients, Laki Naturals Aloha Rose Magnesium Flakes turn your tub into a Hawaiian garden with a heavenly scent. Plus, the magnesium not only reduces stress but helps promote sleep. All products are vegan, Paraben-free, and cruelty-free. Laki Naturals, $17
Create a Relaxation Bedtime Ritual
A good night’s sleep is essential for good health. However, research shows that stress may be getting in the way of quality sleep — according to the American Psychological Association, 43% of adults report that their sleep quality is fair and that stress has caused sleepless nights. What you do before bed has a significant impact on how well you sleep. Creating a bedtime ritual can help you wind down and get some quality shut-eye. Take a bath, power down your electronics an hour before bed, or listen to soothing music. With the aroma of sage, rose and petitgrain, Yuni Sleepy Beauty Bedtime Essence helps create a sleep-ready environment. This lightweight lotion features calming ingredients like melatonin, ashwagandha root, passionflower, and chamomile, and natural botanical moisturizers soothe skin with lasting hydration. It’s vegan and cruelty-free, and the organic, natural ingredients are consciously and sustainably sourced, while the formulas feature natural aromas. Yuni Beauty, $22