By Erik Servia
Between the two of us, we've worked in retail, bars, restaurants, hotels, nursing homes, county jail, and busy factories.
We know about work stress.
The crazy customers, ringing phones, constant emails, important meetings, bosses breathing down your neck to get that project done. It piles up.
You try not to bring it home.
But then you've got to face the crowd at the grocery store, run around to pay your bills, get your kid to that doctor's appointment, make dinner, clean your house, do the laundry, and, and, and...
We get it.
We were done with work stress.
That's why we quit our jobs to make candles. Scented candles are, like, the least stressful thing out there, right?
Well, running your own small business comes with it's own fair share of stress, too.
When the stress starts piling on, try reaching for one of these natural remedies you can bring with you and keep in your desk.
Ditch Caffeine, Drink Water
A study published in Psychosomatic Medicine from Duke University Medical Center found that caffeine compounds stress. Caffeine causes the body to release more stress hormones while changing how the mind perceives issues.
You can enhance the flavor of your water with pieces of fruit like berries or lemon slices.
We love adding a splash of fruit juice to a bottle of seltzer water to really crush a soda craving.
Inhaling essential oils is a really powerful way to enhance your well-being and mental state. They are super easy to stash in your desk or purse and can be used throughout the day.
Lavender, chamomile, and lemon are common essential oils used to improve your mood.
Check out our Ultimate Aromatherapy Guide to get started using scents to improve your health.
A Dash of Herbs at Lunch
Herbs can affect emotions, so adding the right ingredients to your food can help relieve stress. A few small bottles of herbs can be stored in your desk or lunchbox to whip out and add to your meals at lunchtime.
Cardamom is a popular spice that can relieve stress by increasing antioxidants and detoxifying your body. It boasts a wide range of health benefits and can be added to many meals.
Lemon balm increases calmness and alertness. According to this study in Psychosomatic Medicine, Lemon balm was shown to significantly increase calmness and reduce alertness, while also offering a significant increase in mental processing.
Holy basil, or tulsi, has antioxidant qualities that are capable of reducing stress. Holy basil is part of the mint family and it’s not the same as the common basil added to pasta dishes or tomato sauces. Studies have shown that Holy basil can significantly reduce anxiety and associated stress – The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking holy basil for people who have post-traumatic stress disorder.
Soothe Yourself with Herbal Teas
Avoid the caffeine and stress that comes with drinking cup after cup of coffee. For a soothing hot drink, go for an herbal tea instead. Not only will you skip the stress-inducing caffeine, you'll reap some additional mind-altering benefits.
Native Americans used Passionflower for its medicinal properties, and it’s a strong stress reducer. Studies suggest Passionflower can help relieve insomnia and anxiety by boosting the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain – a compound that blocks, or inhibits, certain brain signals and decreases activity in your nervous system, helping you to relax.
Chamomile tea is a popular choice because it increases relaxation and is able to decrease anxiety. A 2016 study from Phytomedicine states chamomile tea "significantly [reduces] moderate-to-severe generalised anxiety disorder symptoms."
Green tea soothes the nerves with its antioxidant and L-theanine content. L-theanine increases GABA, serotonin and dopamine while decreasing chemicals in the brain that are linked to stress and anxiety.
Decorate to De-Stress
Offices are usually bland and boring places, but desk decorations can add a touch of home and a quick mental escape. Decorating your office with fun distractions can give you moments to refocus and help cut down the stress at work.
Water fountains provide soothing sounds that contribute to a more relaxing atmosphere.
Zen gardens are often compared to toys, but they’re actually an ancient technique for relieving stress. Zen gardens use rocks and gravel or sand to recreate the essence of nature, evoking feelings of tranquility, calmness and peace.
We may be partial, but a high quality scented candle is a great stress relieving bit of décor. The therapeutic effects of the fragrance and the soothing flicker of the soft flame can create a more relaxing atmosphere in any office.
Lux Arcana Candle Co. scented candles are made with premium ingredients, so there's no noxious fumes or toxic chemicals to muck up your vibe.
Check out our full line of luxuriously scented soy candles to help set a relaxing atmosphere in any room.