Hi, lovelies! 💛I hope you’re having a fantastic Saturday! The week went by pretty quickly, since I ended up working some overtime hours at my job. On the bright side, I finally got a day off Friday…woohoo!! These past few days, I’ve been struggling to fall asleep during the weeknights, especially since I work second shift. Y’all know I’m already an night owl!
Since my stress levels have risen a bit this past month due to being busier than usual, I thought it’d be a good time to talk about some of my must have self care products for stress relief. These new finds have helped SO much with stress, and I wanted to share them with you! 💕
A few products are oldies but goodies (candles, journals, etc.), but many of them are brand new! For example, one of my closest friends recommended that I try out Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy products. Thank goodness she did, because their line has become my newest go-to for skincare!
On to the products! YAY!
Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Line
Let’s start off with Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy Love (rose and vanilla scented) body wash and accompanying lotion. According their website, “rose oil inspires connection and self-confidence, [while] vanilla absolute calms the mind to encourage relaxation.” I immediately fell in love with the sweet scent; it reminded me of a beautiful spring morning or walking through a garden filled with blooming flowers.
On the back of the bottle, it recommends that you “breathe deeply for best results.” I followed the instructions, and noticed my muscles relaxed a bit after a hot shower. Even after a full day at work, I could still smell the faint scent of rose oil!
I’ve mentioned before that I don’t like to wear lotion sometimes because it feels too sticky, but Bath and Body Works’ Aromatherapy body cream is super light and smooth. Plus, the line’s formula in general is gentle enough for sensitive skin (it contains shea butter, vitamin E, and essential oils).
This body scrub has been so helpful for me when it comes to anxiety! After a long day of work, I’ll hop in the shower, light a candle, play some calming music, and relax! The texture is quite creamy, and its scent gives off a stronger, earthier feel than the “love” variety. I find that the eucalyptus essential oils are especially soothing.
If I close my eyes, I’ll imagine vacationing at a cabin in the woods. I can hear the peaceful sounds of crickets chirping, as I’m reading a book next to the fireplace. LOL! Okay Nunzia, enough with the descriptions. Anyways, the stress relief scrub is a current must have. Even Alejandro uses and enjoys it!
Self Care Books
Aron’s book has been a real eye opener for me so far! Ever since I can remember, I’ve always been considered “overly sensitive” or a “complainer,” and saw it as one of my biggest weaknesses. In her book, Dr. Aron defines HSP (Highly Sensitive Person) as someone who “has a sensitive nervous system, is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings, and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment.”
Throughout the book, she strives to break societal stereotypes through case histories and detailed research in order to help “HSPs use and view these aspects of their personality as strengths rather than weaknesses.” I find that Aron does a fantastic job of remaining objective, despite being an HSP herself.
Overall, the book is extremely insightful and cathartic to read. In the first chapter, she even includes a quiz that can help determine if you’re highly sensitive. Fun fact, I got a 22/23! Aron also has a self-test on her website if you’re interested in learning more about the book!
As someone who has struggled with anxiety for years, Sweet’s The Anxiety Journal is a great find! I love how small and portable this book is, and have been reading it during longer car rides. In the book, she first discusses some common symptoms of anxiety and outlines what you should do when you’re experiencing them. During each break in the book, she lists inspirational quotes about stress and anxiety from public figures.
Sweet’s book has such a stunning layout, with pretty designs like a night sky. The information is easy to digest, especially because she incorporates simple anxiety-reducing exercises including “five minute de-stress exercise” and “take a mindful moment.” I also really like that her book offers interactive sections, where you can write down your thoughts.
Everyone needs a comfy sweater in their closet. Personally, my stress levels reduce a lot whenever I’m dressed comfortably, (whether I’m at work, out and about, or hanging out on a lazy Sunday). Even after parties, I’ve always been the type of person who has to change into their pajamas within five minutes of being home!
A couple of weeks ago, I went to Forever 21 and spotted this fuzzy knit sweater. The material is super soft! Plus, it’s warm and perfect for a chilly fall day. I usually pair it with jeans and boots. If I’m just chilling out at home though, I’ll throw on some leggings and slippers — so cozy!
Usually, I’m not a huge fan of over-the-knee socks because they feel too restrictive and uncomfortable. I thought these socks were so cute though and was actually planning on incorporating them with dressier outfits. When I tried them on, they ended up being extra comfy and fit well! They kept me warm, and were a wonderful accessory for a relaxing day at home.
A Few Extra Goodies
Keeping myself organized has also helped a lot with stress. I bought a hardcover journal from Target recently, where I keep all of my blog ideas. Sometimes, I’ll write down my thoughts or reflect on the day. It’s been a nice addition to my agenda, which I use to schedule any blog posts, errands, etc.
Before writing this post, I lit my new Pumpkin Cupcake candle from Bath and Body works. What can I say, y’all? I’ve built up a mini-collection at this point LOL! The sweet scent of vanilla, pumpkin spice, and cupcakes lifts my mood and creates such a peaceful setting in the room. Are there any candles that you’d recommend? I’m always looking to add to my collection — future apologies to my checking account!
Oh the joys of adult coloring books! Take a Moment and Color Calm is amazing! Alejandro and I visited Barnes and Nobles after work the other night, and I spotted it on one of the shelves! The cover’s soft pastel colors intrigued me, along with the photos of nature and accompanying affirmations. Of course, I just had to buy new colored pencils too!
I don’t know why, but my finished page reminds me so much of Dragon Tales. Maybe it’s the design?
If you struggle with anxiety or stress in general, I’d definitely recommend buying an adult coloring book. It’s a great way to take your mind off daily stressors. Also, it’s fun!
I hope that you enjoyed this post, lovelies! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend! 💓x
What are some of your go-to self care products for stress relief? Have you bought anything recently that you’re currently loving?