Simple Self-Care

Easy ways to take care of your body, mind and soul.

7 Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief 

The other day I was sitting at my desk, hunched over my computer, working furiously trying to get 20 different things accomplished. There were deadlines approaching and I was getting totally stressed. I needed a quick solution to relieve my stress and help me stay focused.  And that’s when I remembered how great essential oils are for stress relief. With a few whiffs of this awesome essential oil and a really effective breathing technique (I’ll link to it below) in less than two minutes, I was feeling calmer and better able to focus.  So, if you’re wondering what essential oils to use to relieve stress and anxiety and help calm you down, here are 7 of the best: Lavender, Bergamot, Lemon, Lemon Grass, Ylang Ylang, Clary Sage, and Orange Oil.  1) Lavender Oil to Relieve Stress The scent of lavender is probably one of the…

25 Simple Ways to Reduce Stress & Anxiety

Americans are more stressed than ever AND more stressed as a whole than most people from other countries. A recent Gallup poll found that Americans report feeling stressed and worried at the highest levels in a decade.  So if you are wondering, how can I reduce my stress levels and stop worrying and start living you are not alone!  Here are 25 simple and scientifically proven ways to reduce your stress and start enjoying life more today including tips on what to eat and drink, how to breathe, what to listen to, watch and read!   1) Breathe your way to reduced stress  First, let’s talk about the amazing ways that breathing can help calm your mind and body!   I love starting with the breath because it is something that is with us all the time and that we can easily control. We can use a stress relieving breathing technique…

7 Smart Actions to Take When Things Go Wrong

Let’s face it, life doesn’t always hand us a free ticket to the beach and an ice cream cone and say, “Hey, you’re awesome! Take the day off!” But you don’t have to take life’s blows sitting down. Here are 7 smart actions to take to make life better when things go wrong! Have you ever had one of those days (or weeks!) when everything just seems to go wrong? You don’t get the job you thought you had nailed the interview on, or you try to complete a project on time and totally miss the deadline because of circumstances beyond your control, or you get snowed in AND your back goes out, or the refrigerator dies or your car breaks down, or you end up spending 45 minutes stuck in traffic behind an accident and miss…

3 Cheat Sheets to Make Every Day a Good Day!

Getting off to a good start – 3 Simple Cheat Sheets to Make a Good Day!  Ever have a day that just got off to a rotten start and then went downhill from there? Maybe you couldn’t get to sleep the night before and then when you finally drifted off the alarm went off seemingly 20 minutes later. Or your kids wouldn’t get up and get going fast enough. Or you got a text that your workplace needed you to show up early for a meeting.   Then the coffee maker poured coffee all over the floor because in the haste and confusion to get ready you forgot to put a cup under it. (True story! It happens!)   Then when you finally do get to work you realize that you forgot your laptop at home and also forgot to put the trash out at the curb.   When days start…

3 Magical Resolutions for Your Happiest Year Yet! 

I love this time of the year. January 1st is always a great time to make a fresh start. Many of us set goals and resolutions for the coming year. Some we keep, many we do not. But whether your resolutions revolve around losing weight, gaining weight, getting in shape, running a 5K, making more time for fun, going out with your spouse once a week, keeping your house neater, getting rid of cutter, getting your finances in order or simplifying your life in some other way, I’ve got 3 magical resolutions you’ll want to add to your list to make this year one of your happiest and most successful yet!  Magical Resolution #1  M.Y.O.B – Mind your own business.   Stop comparing yourself and your life to others. Social media sites like Facebook are an absolute menace when it comes to this.   Whether you’re…