Not to sound like a boring old fart, but I am one of those people who comes back from a holiday, feeling as though I need a holiday away from a holiday!
It all started at the beginning of December when I was due to go home to South Africa, and if you anything like me, you tend to find going on holiday more stressful than stress relieving!
With a few clicks on Amazon and a few pennies spent at the local health shop, I have come to find that these nifty little products not only helped with easing holiday stress but help with easing life stress as well:
1. Zhu Zhu Lavender Eye Mask
This is So totally cool in my opinion! Eye masks in general are quite good at creating a relaxed feeling and aid in sleep, but a sweet smelling one?
This mask contains lavender and if you know anything about aromatherapy, you will know that lavender has long been used for it's incredible relaxing properties.
So while your eyes benefit from the darkness of the mask, your nose gets a sweet smelling whiff of the lavender!
This is the mask that I use. This particular one is only available in the UK, however, a very similar one can be found here for people who live in the US.
2. Aroma ball stress relief oil
I loved this as it was small enough to just pop into my handbag.
The rollerball works just like a deodorant stick, so the ball moves as you wipe it against the skin, leaving a bit of product on the area of skin that you have wiped.
This is designed for the pulse points, and I dabbed it on my wrists and my neck pulse points, and could catch a whiff of the blended oils whenever I felt I needed it.
Currently, I am using the Dr organic Lavender Aroma Ball but I have used this brand before as well. However, if you live in the US, please click here.
3. Neck pillow
My husband reckoned that a neck pillow completely changed his travelling experience. They really just make travelling that much more comfortable, and if you are stuck with the rest of us in that awful 'economy class' on an aeroplane, this will basically make the difference between an okay journey (as okay as economy class can go) or a journey from hell!
Neck pillows come in different shapes and sizes, and can be very expensive!
But I have honestly found that there is no need to buy the expensive ones.
Something like this will work just as well and this is very similar to what I use.
4. Natura Rescue Remedy
I am a HUGE fan of rescue remedy. I have tried different brands and the drops and the tablets, and my absolute favourite has got to be the Natura tablets.
Within a few minutes of taking these, I can honestly feel that anxious 'edginess' subside and they don't taste bad at all. I just put two tablets on my tongue and let them dissolve.
The one and only drawback to this particular brand is that it is only available in South Africa, and since I am a South African, I buy a couple of bottles whenever I go to visit family and friends.
So if you live in South Africa...hey ho...happy days....
However, I have also made use of the Dr Bach Rescue Remedy and they are available in both the UK and the US
5 Guided meditation apps
If you are travelling by plane, all you need to do is put your phone on aeroplane mode and you are sorted! My phone is loaded with soothing music, positive affirmations and meditations. Instead of watching on board entertainment, sit back with your neck pillow and lavender eye mask, plug your ear phones in and listen to some guided mediations!
There are plenty of in-expensive apps that you can buy or try recording one yourself and saving it onto your phone! This technique is also great for social phobia sufferers.
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