Sometimes when things are particularly stressful, it can help to bring in reinforcements like a change in the atmosphere or accessories to help to soothe your mood. A calming scent, some relaxing music, or a gadget to settle your nerves are simple to put into place, but they can make a world of difference to reduce stress. These ideas are particularly appealing to kids, too. When you sense that things are getting tense, you can practice these stealth methods of changing the mood. (Of course, a batch of cookies and snuggling on the couch helps, too.)
Aromatherapy to reduce stress
Aromatherapy has become all the rage lately and with good reason. Scents can truly transform the mood in your home. When you want to feel more relaxed or help a child calm down, there are a number of soothing aromas that can tame the raging, fiery emotions. Some to consider include lavender, ylang ylang, jasmine, bergamot, chamomile, and sage. There are various ways to bring these lovely smells to your environment. Candles, oil burners, and reed diffusers are some of the most common. I prefer to use a low-temperature electric diffuser because it’s safer for kids and easy to use. They are a bit more expensive, though. You can even use an aromatherapy locket or car diffuser.
Other helps to reduce stress
Music is a great option to reduce stress because you can add it to the background of many activities throughout your day. It has a way of setting a desired mood. If you’re feeling sad or tired, an upbeat tune can energize you. When you feel stressed out and overwhelmed, relax with soft and classical music. Sometimes music can even help you focus when you need to get something done. Research in classrooms shows that classical music helps kids focus and sets a positive tone for learning. This may require some experimentation, as listening to music while working can have the opposite effect for some people.
Light has an effect on mood. Bright lights can wake us up when we need a boost. Candlelight dinners are romantic. Dimmed lighting can also be quite calming. As can the morning light streaming in your window as the sun rises. Choosing the lighting for your environment is an effective way to provide an immediate sense of peace.
Accessories and Gadgets
Finally, there are some accessories and gadgets on the market meant to help users to de-stress or calm down. A quick Google or Pinterest search can point you to many. There are weighted blankets meant to give the sensation of a hug or embrace. These help many children calm down and sleep better, especially those with sensory integration issues. A fidget cube lets the user “fidget” or play with it in order to occupy their hands. Such stimulation helps with anxiety, but can become a distraction, too, so monitor that. You may already be familiar with “stress balls”, those squishy little balls you hold in your hand and squeeze when you feel stressed or angry. They’re a wonderful release. These are just a few examples. When doing your own research, look for trusted sites that provide customer reviews to guide your decision making.
It’s nice to know you have to power to reduce stress by changing your atmosphere or grabbing a gadget. I hope some of these suggestions will help to find calm in your time of need.