THING TO DO TO RELIEVE STRESS RIGHT AWAY

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Feeling overwhelmed but stuff seems to keep piling up and attacking you? Having no idea how to stop stress, how to be calm, how not to stress or what to do when stressed out? I have been there, many times. Here are 5 things that ALWAYS work for me RIGHT AWAY when I am feeling stressed. Hope these little tricks can help you reduce anxiety and stay calm as well.

  1. FAST – FRESH AIR, SUNLIGHT AND TREES
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Japanese word KOMOREBI means sunlight filtered throughout tree leaves. Do you feel instantly better when looking at the picture? Well, you don’t have to go into the forests every time when you feel stressed. At least get out of your scene fast and find fresh air. If you can go outside, take a walk, look up to the sun (or sky) and get close to trees would be ideal. But you get the idea, go anywhere else and find nature.

2. BREATH IN AND … OUT

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Take few deep breathes, and try to focus your mind on the breath and nothing else. If you find it hard emptying your thoughts, make a sound and focus on that sound while breathing in and out. Do it for at least a few seconds and take as long as you need.

3. GIVE A SQUEEZE, LET IT GO

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This trick I learnt from Daniel Tiger works great when muscles need extra relaxation since they are so tense. Just tense and release your muscles and your body will feel more relaxed afterward. (Progressive muscle relaxation)

4. IF YOU CAN’T SOLVE IT, LAUGH AT IT

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As hard as it sounds, accept the situation and try laugh at it. When stressed, I sometimes animated my situation in most exaggerating fashion in my head, like I turned into a crazy chicken with a trident battling hundreds of minions then I will start to laugh. If you can laugh at and make fun of your situation, it will instantly become less stressful.

5. HAVE SOME YUMMY FOOD

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Even if you are one of those who lose the entire appetite under stress, still never underestimate the healing power of food. (remember Eat Pray Love?) Actually, pay extra attention what you eat under stress. I, like rest of many, will quickly turn to high sodium, high sugar junk food under stress. I find a quick fix is to think about comfort food that reminds you good times and arouses positive feelings, like something you had on a date, at a party, or something that always make you feel better after a tough day.

FINAL THOUGHTS

If you have more than a few minutes, exercise, yoga, meditation, talk with trusted ones or seeking professional help. There are many many ways to still enjoy the beauty of life under stress. Hope everyone can still feel the Sun even when blocked by clouds sometimes.


Perfect DIY Spa Day At Home Recipe

Dream about pampering yourself with a DIY spa day kit at home but don’t know how to start? Here are some easy DIY SPA day recipes to get some SPA water, bath salt, sugar scrub, face mask and body oil ready in minutes for your next spa day. These are some of my basic recipes for a quick treatment, you can add your personal twist to make DIY spa day kit for gifts or invite friends and loved ones to join!

  1. Strawberry Cucumber Spa Water

Nothing like a colorful blissful drink to set the relaxing mood. Spa water is another pretty name for fruit infused water. One of my favorites is strawberry and cumber water as you can eat the rest of the strawberries and place cucumber slices on eyes later at facial.

Prepare time: 3 mins

Ingredients:

Two strawberries

Few slices of cumbers

Tonic water (I used coconut water)
Directions: slices the fruit and place them in glass (save at least 2 cucumber slices for later). Fill the glass with water/tonic water/coconut water or anything you prefer.  

2. Soothing Rose & Oats bath salt:

I pretty much start all my bath salt mix with Epsom salt for it can sooth sore muscles at the end of the day then add preferred herbs. I always blend the herbs and oats first and add it to the salt mix as I am not sure if they will drain well I my hundred-old house if added directly.

Prepare time:  3 mins

Ingredients:

½ Cup Epson salt

½ Cup Himalayan pink salt

1 TBSP Dried Rose Petal

1 TBSP Rolled Oats

Directions: blend rose petal and rolled oats, add them in Epson salt & Himalayan pink salt mix, stir till mixed completely.

3. Refreshing Peppermint Sugar Scrub

Sugar scrubs is another of my must have DIY Spa day items. It’s all natural and can be used on both face and body. It gently buffered away dead skin cells and skin literally softened, brightened and smoother right away. Here I added peppermint as it is my favorite herb to add for summer. If you are having trouble finding dry herbs, my hack is to check your tea cabinets. A lot of herbal tea have what we need and they are already blended and ready to be added to your next beauty DIY product.

Prepare time: 3 mins

Ingredients:

½ Cup Cane Sugar

1 Peppermint Tea Bag

1 TBSP Aloe Vera Gel

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy.

4. Detoxing Green Tea Face Mask

Prepare time: 3 mins

One of my most used DIY face masks contains green tea and honey for their detoxing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties, (Well, their benefits go way beyond this) and they smell so good! In this recipe I added French green clay as my skin feels it can use some deep cleansing recently. You can skip it or use different clay or oats instead.

Ingredients:

1 Green Tea Bag

1 TBSP French Green Clay / Kaolin Clay

1 TSP Honey

Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and enjoy.

5. Sweet Orange Almond Body Oil

Last step of a spa day I ritually like to use body oil instead of lotion. My favorite is sweet almond oil as it is light, non-greasy and moisturizing. If you are lucky enough to have a loved one ready to give you a massage then jojoba oil might be a better choice. You can apply body oil directly and massage into skin. I like to add essential oil for extra pampering and one of my favorites is sweet orange or lavender if I am ready for bed. If you are familiar with aromatherapy, you can add few drops your favorite mix.

Prepare time: 1 min

Ingredients:

Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet Orange / Lavender essential oil

Directions: Add few drops of your favorite essential oil to body carrier oil and massage into skin.


Simple Non-Greasy Sweet Orange whipped body Butter

One of most frequently made natural skincare products in our home is body butter. It’s easy to make, non-greasy, silky smooth and ultra-moisturizing. Here is my simple go-to whipped body butter recipe with mango butter, Aloe Vera and sweet orange essential oil. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

¼ Cup                 Mango Butter

4 Tsp                   Aloe Vera Gel

10 drops             Sweet Orange essential oil

2-3 Drops           Vitamin E oil (D-Alpha-Tocopherol)

Directions:

  1. Whipped Mango butter till smooth (about 5 minutes with hand mixer)
  2. Add Aloe Vera Gel and mix again (you will notice everything starts to become fluffy)
  3. Add sweet orange essential oil (or you preferred essential oil) and Vitamin E Oil (Anti-oxidant)
  4. Mix well and enjoy!

Exfoliating Face Mask with Oats for different skin types

With simple ingredients and few minutes of your time, you can make a quick and gentle exfoliating mask to give a skin a boost in term of overall appearance. Oats have always been my favorite as exfoliates in facial masks. It is gentle and full of amino acids which are building blocks of our skin. Below I made three exfoliating masks using oats and easy to find ingredients like dried botanicals, honey, yogurt and Aloe. It can be used for normal to dry, normal to oily or sensitive skin. Enjoy!

Rose oats yogurt mask (best for normal, normal to dry or mature skin type)

Ingredients:

1 TSP     Dried rose petals

1 TSP     Rolled oats

2 TSP     Greek Yogurt

Directions:

Grind rose petals and oats, add yogurt and mix well

Green tea honey mask (Best for normal and normal to oily skin type)

Ingredients:

1 TSP     Green tea powder

1 TSP     Rolled oats

1 TSP     Honey (Manuka honey UMF 15+ recommended)

Directions:

Grind rolled oats add green tea power and honey, stir well and enjoy.

Chamomile Aloe Mask (Best for normal or sensitive skin type)

Ingredients:

1 TSP dried Chamomile flowers

1 TSP Dried Oats

1 TSP Aloe Vera Gel

Directions:

Grind Chamomile flowers and oats, add Aloe Vera gel and stir well.


Rose Sugar Scrub Recipe

If you are like me who is obsessed with Roses and always try new ways to use it for its well-known anti-inflammatory and anti-aging skincare benefits. Here is a simple sugar scrub recipe for you using Rose petals. You can always add essential oil to it for extra benefit. For this recipe we choose to use zero essential oils as it smells amazing just by itself thanks to the blended Rose petals. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

1 TBSP  Dried Rose Petals

3 TBSP  Cane Sugar

1 TBSP  Aloe Vera Gel

Directions:

Blend Rose petals and sugar till fine particles, add Aloe Vera gel next then stir well.


All Natural Rose Perfume Oil

Here is a simple easy to follow perfume oil recipe. It has classic floral scent utilizing essential oil of Rose, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. The good thing about perfume oil is it is free of alcohol which can irritant skin and you know every drop in the bottle is beneficial for your skin. Enjoy!

9 ml                    Grapeseed oil

10 drops           Ylang Ylang essential oil

5 drops             Rose essential oil

5 drops             Jasmine essential oil


All natural Healing balm

This is homemade all-purpose balm has a cream-to-oil formula and applies like a dream. Infused with 5 healing herbs including Chamomile, Calendula, Plantain, Chickweed and Comfrey, the balm is perfect for soothing dry irritated skin, diaper rashes and minor cuts. 100% natural and organic. No synthetics, preservatives, essential oil or fragrances added. It is safe for sensitive skin and babies.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic Sunflower oil
  • 1 tsp   dried organic Chamomile flowers
  • 1 tsp   dried organic Calendula flowers
  • 1 tsp   dried organic Plantain leaves
  • 1 tsp   dried organic Comfrey leaves
  • 1 tsp   dried Chickweed leaves
  • 2 tbsp Organic Beeswax
  • Few drops of Vitamin E (d alpha tocopherol)

Phase I: Infuse oil

  1. Combine all the herbs and oil in a mason jar (or any heat proof glass jar)
  2. Place the jar in a pot with 1-1.5 inches of water
  3. Turn heat on low and let it sit for 2-3 hours
  4. Remove the jar from heat. You will notice oil turns yellow and develops strong herbal scent
  5. Drain the oil mixture with cheese clothes over a metal mesh drainer, hand squeeze the cheesecloth to get most of the infused oil out

Phase II: Mix Beeswax and infused oil

  1. Place Beeswax pellets in a glass measuring cup
  2. Place the measuring cup in a pot with 1 inch of water
  3. Turn heat on low till all the Beeswax melt (it can take 1-1.5 hour). You can microwave the beeswax for about 1 min if in hurry.
  4. Pour infused oil in the melted Beeswax. You will notice Beeswax started to solidify again. Let it continue to sit on heat till everything melts completely again (if you choose to use microwave in step 3, you will need to microwave it again for about 10 sec till everything melts again).
  5. Remove the mix from heat to cool down, add a few drops of Vitamin E oil and stir

Phase III: Create cream-to-oil texture

If you like a traditional solid balm texture, you can just pour the mix into a container you like then wait till everything solidifies and you are done. If you are interested in creating a creamy soft texture for easy application, keep following below steps:

  1.  When the mix for Phase II start to solidify with some parts running, blend it with hand mixer for 1-2 minutes texture becomes smooth (think yogurt).
  2. Transfer the mixture into a container you like. Wait till it completely solidifies (about 30 minutes) and you are done!

Notes:

* You can adjust the beeswax amount for your preferred texture

* When select Vitamin E oil make sure it is the natural kind (d alpha tocopherol) best derived from organic Non-GMO source

*Since this balm is intended for babies and sensitive skin, no fragrances or essential oil were added. You can add your favorite essential oil or herbal extract for additional benefit or scent.