WELLNESS TOOLS FOR THE MIND
By: Juana Diez, Product Expert + Buyer
The stress epidemic is very real – and unfortunately, these are feelings many of us experience way too often. Stress can trickle from the brain to the rest of the body, and shows up differently for each of us, ultimately affecting thoughts, feelings, behavior, quality of sleep, energy levels, and more. Stress can also wreak havoc on our complexions, or exacerbate existing conditions… and finding the proper natural tools to help address each of these issues can be time consuming and very challenging.
WE’VE. GOT. YOU. We’re sharing the top 7 wellness tools we rely on to deal with all thing stress, and bring some much needed CHILL to our lives! Let’s begin —
PROBLEM #1 / STRESS EATING:
We know the feeling… stressed out and end up reaching for one-too-many scoops of ice cream or slices of pizza? Yeah… us too. Many of us turn to food as a coping mechanism – to relieve a stressful day at work, or avoid emotions like sadness, loneliness, worry, or even boredom. But truth is, while it may feel good while we’re actually eating, the feeling is only temporary. In the end, the feelings that triggered the eating will still be there… except now we add feeling guilty to the mix and really do end up feeling worse than before.
SOLUTION #1 / CLEANSE
This really is the perfect supplement to support your body in eliminating, detoxifying, and restoring balance. Containing 45 organic and bio-fermented fruits, veggies, seeds, roots, algae, grasses, digestive enzymes, and purifying herbs – these work to alkalize the body from the inside out + restore gut health.
If you’re able to, make an effort to practice mindfulness while eating – tune in to the emotions you’re feeling prior to eating, be present, and acknowledge when you’re still hungry or satisfied.
PROBLEM #2 / RACING MIND AT NIGHT:
One of the most commonly experienced symptoms when dealing with stress and anxiety is racing thoughts. Ever feel like no matter how hard you try to shut your brain off, it just won’t cooperate? But wait, then it actually gets worse… because not being able to relax and fall asleep leads to MORE stress. This spike in cortisol will trick your body into thinking it has to stay awake for survival, and can lead to interrupted sleep, brain fog, irritability, and dull skin the morning after.
SOLUTION #2 / DREAM DUST:
Dream Dust is an adaptogenic blend of chamomile flower, jujube seed, schisandra, and ashwagandha root to help cope with stress and soothe your tension – for deep + restful sleep. We REALLY swear by this – and always rely on it for a natural sleep aid alternative. A must try!
PROBLEM #3 / WORK STRESS
Studies show 58% of Americans say work is a significant source of stress. So if you relate, know you’re not alone. Work-related stress can show up as a result of different situations – whether that’s a big presentation, fear of public speaking, feeling like a slave to your iPhone and laptop, financials, or dealing with demanding customers. And for those that are lucky to love what they do – hectic days can STILL trigger feelings of stress.
SOLUTION #3 / BALANCE CBD TINCTURE (*in shop only!)
Cannabidiol – better known as CBD – is a promising natural alternative for eliminating stress. When ingested sublingually, this non-psychoactive compound found in hemp and cannabis will enter the bloodstream quickly and offer countless benefits – ranging from anti-inflammatory, to neuroprotective and anti-anxiety properties. Aside from busting stress, CBD has also been proven to boost mental clarity, increase focus + concentration, and strengthen energy cells in your body to help you ROCK your work day. Cordial is our forever favorite because it’s made from whole flower medicine grade organic hemp, and extracted through a supercritical CO2 process. This means they’re able to offer one of the cleanest forms of CBD extract possible!
PROBLEM #4 / STRESSED OUT SKIN:
One of the most-frustrating ways stress can rear its ugly head is through our skin. Stress can cause skin issues to flare up in the form of acne, psoriasis, eczema, rashes, or hives. This is because stress can disrupt the balance of bacteria in our gut and the flood of cortisol can tank the immune system. Adrenaline and cortisol also directly affect the oil production of skin – meaning when those are raised, your skin will produce more oil that becomes thicker and heavier than normal. That’s when you’ll start to see clogged pores, pimples, cysts, and blackheads forming… ugh. Stress and skin troubles can also have a cyclical effect – stress leads to skin woes, and skin woes can lead to anxiety. Oh, the the struggle…
SOLUTION #4 /
1. If acne is your main concern – Nuori’s Vital Foaming Cleanser is a must! Pomegranate enzyme and radish root extract gently + effectively remove impurities and slough away dead skin cells to reveal clearer skin – while oat kernel extract and natural betaine combat redness + irritation. And the consistency is IN.SANE. We literally look forward to washing our face because of this goodness!2. Ditch the harsh and drying spot treatments for Province Apothecary’s Clear Skin Advanced Spot Treatment. Unlike those spot treatments that rely on salicylic acid (which can oftentimes be drying and more irritating), this purifying treatment harnesses the power of PLANTS…which you probs already know we are SO into here at Shop Good. Turmeric oil and calendula flowers help repair damaged skin and provide a huge dose of anti-inflammatory goodness.
ECZEMA/ROSACEA – GENTLE HYDRATION MASK
When dealing with these inflammatory conditions, it’s important to calm the skin and tone down any redness — and we haven’t found anything better!
This moisture intensive mask is loaded with botanical hyaluronic acid, vitamin B3, rose extract and geranium hydrosol – and all of these ingredients work magic together to fight inflammation, refresh, and rejuvenate the skin to provide the nourishment it’s needing.
PROBLEM #5 / DULL COMPLEXION
Aside from having an inflammatory effect, stress can ALSO lead to dull skin. When the fight or flight response is triggered, the body redirects circulation to our vital organs (think heart, brain, lungs, and kidneys). This comes at the expense of our skin receiving less circulation – welcoming a tired complexion lacking vitality and glow.
SOLUTION #5 / LIVING LUMINIZER
If you haven’t gotten your hands on this highlighter yet, you’re missing out! This formula creates a luminous glow that instantly wakes up the skin – and totally fakes that “slept-8-hours” glow we’re going for. Apply on the brow bone, nose, and top of cheekbones!
PROBLEM # 6 / STRESS SWEAT
An increased heart rate and surge in body temperature can also lead to the production of SWEAT to cool the body down. But sweat in reaction to a stressful situation smells different than the sweat you experience while exercising – have you noticed?! The science behind it – We actually have two different sweat glands – and one of these is responsible for stress-related sweat, which when mixing with bacteria on our skin, creates an unpleasant smell.
SOLUTION #6 / COCONUT CHARCOAL + CLAY BAR
This detoxifying bar works WONDERS – and we’ll just let its superstar ingredients do all the talkin’. Coconut charcoal draws bacteria to the surface of the skin, zinc oxide reacts with the fatty acids responsible for the less than pleasant odors, and kaolin clay helps to cleanse + exfoliate surface debris and dead skin cells. A win all around!
PROBLEM #7 / MUSCLE TWITCHING
You’ve likely heard the term “nervous twitch” before, which is used to describe the muscle twitching that results from increased stress and anxiety. This can show up on any of the muscles in the body – even in the eyes and mouth! Nervous twitches occur as a result of over-stimulation when stressed, causing the nervous system to act erratically. This isn’t as scary as it sounds – even the slightest level of stress can result in erratic muscle twitching but can be really uncomfortable!
SOLUTION #7 / ROSE + GERANIUM SOAK
What’s better to destress than a bath? Literally NOTHING. This soak is packed with Himalayan pink salt to nourish the body with trace minerals like magnesium, zinc, and potassium – which help relax your muscles and nervous system. Geranium essential oil helps reduce anxiety and balance hormones – and if it couldn’t get any better – rose petals make this an even more luxurious bath experience!
While we may think we’re forever stuck with our feelings of anxiety and the woes that come along with it – we’re here to remind you that you’re not! Your mind is so much more powerful than you think – and when paired with the right wellness tools, we can all be one step closer to #MINDINGTHEMIND.
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