Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Negative Feelings Are Contagious

A good tip to help lower the stress level is to avoid those who are constantly angry or those who complain. Whether its family, co-workers, friends or that dreaded mother in law! (Thank goodness I don't have that particular problem).

As much as we would like to always be happy, when you are around those who aren't for long periods of time, it gets you in their particular mood. If you see those who are in a bad mood try to help them get in a better mood. It might make you feel good to help them. If you find that there is nothing that you can do then get out of the situation. Its not worth putting you in a bad mood too!

An opinion of mine..... Sometimes there are those friends who will always come to you to tell all their problems to. You should be sure to tell that friend when they cross the line. Sometimes enough is enough and you are not their personal sponge to suck up all their issues. If they seem to cross the line you will know. If it is leaving you to feel stressed out and if you begin to feel negative then that is when they crossed the line. Just as they are trying to talk to you about their problems, you should be able to talk to them when they made their problem yours. You want to be a friend, but they are not being a good friend if they are making you stress.

Tazo Tea

If you find yourself drinking a lot of coffee why not try something different.
Coffee and Soda has proven to be not all that good for you... especially if you are trying to relax! I tried drinking teas and would have to say that my favorite brand to drink is Tazo.

They have 3 different categories of teas:
  • Black Teas
  • Green Teas
  • Herbal Infusion Teas
My personal favorite is "Refresh." It is a Herbal Infusion Tea made with North-western grown peppermint and spearmint leaves with a hint of tarragon. In my opinion as you drink it, it makes your throat feel kind of cool. It gives me a good sensation and better yet it is caffeine free!

Another Favorite is "Calm." It is made with Chamomile Flowers, Hibiscus Flowers, Lemongrass, Spearment, Rose Petals, Blackberry Leaves, Safflowers, Peppermint, Lemon Balm, Licorice, Sarsaparilla, and natural flavors. This particular tea is also caffeine free!

Their website is amazing! If you would like to see all the teas they offer and the ingredients that are in each, go to:

The Perfect Bubble Bath...

Bubble Baths! Yey! My Favorite!

Want to be like this guy? Hehe.

A Few Tips That Make The Best Bubble Bath:

  • First, you need the bubbles! Get as much as you can! (I love to use Mr. Bubbles)
  • A glass of wine or beer. (Be careful with the glass in the bathtub)
  • Candles, or better yet, floating candles
  • Music that you find to be relaxing (A suggestion would be to try and find music that is calm and soothing)
  • A bath pillow for your neck while you lay in the bath
  • Bath Salts
  • Dim Lighting (If using candles that should give you enough dim lighting).
With school, work, taking care of the pets, the boyfriend and so on... by the end of the night it is time to take care of me! Even though it might be late, my "happy hour" is a bubble bath. I use all of the above tips that I have to offer. With these tips, the bath becomes a moment where I wish I could pause time.

I start by grabbing a glass of Pinot Grigio then I lock the door, light all candles, pour some Mr. Bubbles and bath salts, and put either my Chinese soothing music, Spanish guitar music or Coldplay. (Coldplay is actually really relaxing when you listen to the words and close your eyes).

Painting... Fun AND Relaxing!

When I get stressed out I try to do whatever I can to put me in the right state of mind.
Some days it requires different things to get me in that state of mind.
So one day I decided to paint. Thats right, paint!
I went out and bought a canvas, some paint brushes and paint and got to it.
I found it to be so relaxing.
I believe painting outside or at the beach could heighten the mood even more.
This is what I painted that day when I was stressed.
It is a painting of two orchids. I ended up giving this painting to my Grandparents. They love Orchids. My grandfather has a whole nursery of them in his backyard. I know I am not an artist but it was the act of painting and being creative that made it relaxing.
You should try it!

Cheap Music To Help With The Mood

I was in Target the other day and I noticed this interesting set up they had by the candle isle.
They have a whole variety of CD's where you can sample each one before you buy it.
It looked like this... I took a picture.

They are so cheap too!

Some are between $8.99-$9.99 per CD. They are all soothing kinds of music from styles such as

          • Chinese
          • Spanish
          • Italian
          • Waterscapes
          • Sounds for baby
          • Jazz
          • Piano
          • Spa like music
......and more (I personally bought the spanish gutair one. It is so soothing and makes me smile)
I went through and sampled all of them. It was fun and I was happy to buy something so cheap that I knew would help me relax.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Bluecorn Naturals

A Wonderful Discovery to help relax!

I came across these candles and they offer a way to help us relax. Imagine the scent of these as you are relaxing in your house or maybe even lit while you enjoy a nice bubble bath.

They are made with 100% Beeswax and cotton wicks and on the even better side they are lead free and paraffin free.

Prices range from around $5.00-$30.00

Their Aromatherapy line includes:

Clarity: Made with a blend of pure essential oils, Eucalyptus, Orange and Lavender.

Relaxing: Made with pure essential oils of Lavender.

Tranquility: Made with pure essentials of Lemongrass, Cinnamon and Rosemary.

Made with pure essentials of Palmarosa, Ylang Ylang and Patchouli

Uplifting: Made with pure essentials of Lavender, Geranium and Tangerine.

Well Being: Made with pure essentials of Ylang Ylang, Cedarwood, Nutmeg and Lavender.

Not sure which to get? They also offer samples of each of the above scents.
(6 2oz. travel tins for $29.70)

To order or to view more information check out their website:

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Looking for a way? Here is one! 

Hey! We work hard! Between what may be work, school, love, family or anything that may stress us out.... enough is enough! You should want to kick stress straight in the butt and wake up one morning and say, "Self! You know what? Its time for ME!"

Christina Byrnes from Florida Relaxing Massage offers reflexology which your feet are sure to thank you for! 

You are on them many hours a day, and our feet seem to be the most used and abused part of our bodies. Christina offers reflexology which uses pressure points in your feet that help to tonify your organs and your overall system. Let me tell you... her foot massages are amazing!             

"Getting reflexology can help balance hormones," Byrnes has said.  

She will be more than happy to give those who are interested a free consultation.

Christina Byrnes

She also offers stress management classes that can help you relax. 

Classes Include:
Breathing Techniques
Self Massages we can do on our own time
Yoga Postures
*(These classes are great for personal reasons as well as business companies looking to help their employees)

For More Information Visit:

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Stress makes you want to pull you hair doesn't it?

The "Down Low" on stress:

What is stress? Stress can be from expectations or challenges that we are faced with on a daily basis. As we face these unwelcomed situations if we do not do our best to fight back it can cause us some serious health problems.

Stress can cause: (According to
Anxiety Disorders
High Bloog Pressure
Cardiovascular Disease
Certain Gastrointestinal Diseases
Some Cancers
And supports the process of aging. (OH NO!)

Want to avoid all that? Well you can!