Anxiety is a normal human emotion. And a certain amount of it is actually a good thing. It motivates us to study for tests, prepare for that important work presentation and save for retirement. For me personally, my anxiety is part of me, and I feel it can be a valuable piece. But that doesn’t mean you should let it take over. With the world waking up to the importance of self-care so too has the beauty industry, with a rise in holistic products and brands – those concerned less with ‘anti-ageing’ and more with your state of mind and skin. With that mind, we round up the key products that want to make you feel, and look, good.
I have a thing for This Works’ Deep Sleep Pillow Spray. I get edgy without it. It sends me into the kind of deep sleep that could only otherwise be achieved after a couple of glasses of rosé and an episode of David Attenborough. If you’re the sort who tosses and turns for half the night, thinking about bills and whether your Mum is offended that you didn’t text her back, then you need a bottle of this. Those with serious sleep problems; I can’t vouch that this will solve them. But it will definitely go a long way towards soothing your thoughts, relaxing your body and setting the environment for a proper, uninterrupted sleep. Team it with the Stress Check Breathe In for an instant soothing effect.
I’ve dealt with anxiety for a few years now and never had anyone recommend using skincare as a way to reduce stress. But in my experience it absolutely works. So when I come home from work, sometimes I’ll rinse my face in warm water and smooth on a face mask. It’s tactile, it’s ritualistic, and I just feel so much better afterwards. There’s something about my skincare process that not only makes me feel physically better, but also seems to declutter and cleanse my overstimulated mind. In other words, decreasing negative thoughts to create an illusion of control. Plus, when the the effects of stress and anxiety start to take a toll on your complexion, skincare, from our moisturiser to serum, can help restore it.
After a long stressful day in the office/running errands, there is really nothing better than a long soak in the tub. I’ve always associated taking some me-time in the evening with guilt – generally anything on my life-admin list that seems to find itself to be low in priority. It may only take twenty minutes, but this process could be critical to your overall wellbeing. Plus, when you find out how many calories you can burn in a bath it seems silly not to. Now that I’m older, baths are sexier. I feel like I’m not doing it right unless there are multiple candles, a delicious drink by my side and Aveda’s stress-fix soaking salts. They’re infused with an aroma proven to reduce feelings of stress, including certified organic lavender, lavandin and clary sage and is formulated using the science of aromaology and the power of pure essential oils. It actually works!
For times when you feel a bit all over the place, pick up Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist. A single spritz of this hydrating mist featuring the relaxing scent of rose has the ability to cut through nervous tension and stuffy office air, making you feel more centered. Spray a cloud above your head and watch the magic descend.
This cotton-scented candle is like diving headfirst into your bed when it has fresh sheets. A subtle and sophisticated duo of linen and chamomile adds a warm and sensual touch that works to clear the mind—and it has an impressive 60 hours of burn time. You’ll want one in every room.
Anxiety can cause stress headaches and tension around your forehead. We love this cute little handbag-sized rollerball formulated with peppermint and lavender essential oils (both of which have been found to relieve thumping heads). Simply roll on the temples and wrists and inhale the green, minty, scent. As an added hippy bonus, the blend is also infused with clear quartz and amethyst which certainly can only add to its healing powers. We’re not sure how the infusion science works exactly but just thinking about crystals and essential oils does have a nice meditative effect on the mind. aaahhhh…
Story by Stephanie Russo