Although the holidays are meant to be a joyous time spent with friends and family, all of the hustle and bustle can sometimes bring about unexpected anxiety and stress. If you find yourself feeling this way, no worries. Here are a few of the Brush On Block® team’s favorite quick tips to get some R&R now. Whether you're at work or home, these five easy tips will leave you feeling relaxed and peaceful in a minute or less.
Stare up at the ceiling and count down from 60
Gazing upward stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system, which lowers blood pressure and slows the pace of the breath. Slow, deliberate counting will also help rid your mind of distractions.
Write down your worries in a notebook, then set it aside for tomorrow
Putting your problems down on paper—and knowing that they're there for you to work through later—may help take your mind off of them while you're trying to rest.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth ten times
Deep breathing slows the heart rate and calms the body. Focusing on your stomach rising and falling, and your breath flowing in and out will help you concentrate on your body, instead of outside distractions.
Imagine floating on a cloud, and what you would see passing by
Guided imagery is a powerful meditation tool that can give you a temporary escape from everyday worries and stresses. Invite all your senses to participate: imagine what you see, hear, and smell in this peaceful place.
Use self-care rituals to bring calm to your day
Running from party to party, making communal meals and grabbing last-minute gifts, the holiday season certainly gets us out of our usual routines, and often, we unintentionally end up neglecting our usual daily rituals that make us feel good. If you’re feeling stressed, take a moment to partake in a little self-care pick-me-up. Indulge in a few moments of relaxation with a pampering face mask or a cup of tea. Even if you are out and about, reapplying your Brush On Block® SPF 30 not only protects your skin from sun damage, but the soft bristles of the brush are surprisingly soothing and can help you focus inward for just a moment.